Sorry if I should have asked this privately but I didn't know how...
I often read other forums as well as the crohns ones and try to help out where I feel I have knowledge. I have noticed that whenever anyone mentions feeling suicidal that their post is automatically edited to take that out followed by a blanket "call this number if you are in danger of hurting yourself." I am no expert but worked as a corrections officer with mentally unstable juveniles and had tons and tons of suicide prevention training. I understand that it is difficult to hear someone state that they are in danger and that maybe you feel you have to delete it to avoid liability of not stopping it should it occur, but I venture to state that this may not be the most beneficial to the poster. The poster is reaching out and it takes an amazing amount of courage to admit that one is suicidal. If you ask a suicidal person if they are going to hurt themselves they usually say no (what they have in mind is ending pain not causing pain.) If you ask them if they plan on killing themselves you may get the truthful answer. It is then that you can say call 911, call a hotline, tell a family member, don't be alone, etc. But editing out that painful admission is going to tell that person that it is wrong to say they want to kill themselves and make it that much harder for them to admit it to a 911 operator or a therapist. I understand it is the forum rule but I highly doubt that one person feeling suicidal is going to prompt others to feel the same way. If someone admits that on the forum, editing it out prevents other people from posting positive responses, telling the person why they shouldn't do it, offering support, an ear, and ways to get further help. If just the magic words (die, kill, suicide) are edited out, they may still think their post makes sense to readers. They will feel further isolated an alone when no one responds, when no one cares that they want to end their life. In reality we do care, but if it is edited we do not know that, and can't offer the proper response.
Finally, on another note... the proper term for a female attracted to other females is edited out as swear word. I kind of feel like that is disrespectful to our female homosexual members. Is there a way we could get that word allowed?
Sorry I'm on a tangent today but those two things have bugged me for awhile and after reading a post on IBS I felt I needed to speak up.
26 Year old married female. Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra. Good times!!!