This is a test post to see if an automated action is triggered to ‘hide’ this post because it includes the suicide word.
We (the admin team) have reason to believe that HealthUnlocked are ‘censoring’ the use of the word/s suicide, suicidal etc.
If I post here on this support group saying I feel suicidal, I would be hoping that members here would be able to understand what I’m dealing with. My posting about feeling suicidal would be a cry for help. That’s what a ‘support’ group is about… isn’t it?
Thyroid hormone issues can have a major impact on an individual’s mental wellbeing. Those of us that have experienced this know only too well that suicidal feelings are frequently triggered by thyroid hormone imbalance. Get the hormone levels sorted, and in time, the suicidal feelings can magically disappear, along with the brain fog, loss of mental focus, apathy, inability to concentrate, loss of self worth etc etc.
So, if as we suspect, HealthUnlocked are ‘censoring’ posts where the poster is talking about suicidal feelings, then HU are actually compounding the problem. An individual whose post has been ‘censored’ for this reason, will potentially be feeling even more desperate because they’re being made to feel as if they have done something wrong by actually mentioning the word suicide, and telling us how they feel. Of course they haven’t done something wrong. We are not here to ‘judge’. We are here to ‘support’.
What makes me especially angry about any potential censorship of posts where a member talks about feeling suicidal, is that this is also ‘hiding’ things from the very people that need to be made aware of the impact of thyroid dysfunction on brain function.
So many of us have had to deal with family, friends, colleagues and medical professionals who don’t believe we are ill, tell us to 'pull ourselves together', dismiss our symptoms as trivial, non-specific etc., and hand the anti-depressant pills to us, instead of handing us the appropriate thyroid hormone medications.
So, HealthUnlocked, if you are censoring posts on Thyroid UK Support that mention suicide, please don’t. What is the point of enabling a support group and then taking away our ability to support each other?
(If we the admin team are wrong, and HealthUnlocked are not the cause of what, on the face of it seems to be censorship, then apologies to them for my post, but please will they fix the problem that the admin team have been trying to contact them about, and communicate with us on this issue.)
[Edit: The possible censorship issue that originally prompted me to write this post is no longer relevant.]