Hi FitzyK23,This is Kitt and I am going to try to answer your concerns but also I will bring them to the attention of administration. I am only speaking on my behalf and how I believe the site is set up the way it is.
I do know that we allow teens on the site so we do watch closely to follow the rules and guidelines set up by Administration. You are right some of us could talk with the members in distress that state how and what they want or are going to do to harm themselves. Some people would find these topics very distressing and not know how to handle them. Others would know how to talk to them but the risk is very great to the suicidal member as the written word can be so easily misunderstood.
I feel these members in crisis need to be directed to a hotline or immediate help. They need the help of a professional. The HealingWell rule is: Discussions of suicide or self-harm that are deemed negative and therefore potentially injurious to others are also not permitted. Mods do edit out parts if it is only in conversation but all posts are copied to Administration so they are not ignored. We don't just delete them completely. We just remove the serious threats from the open forum. Yes we do replace with the crisis numbers.
Due to the anonymity of the site and the fact that this is a peer support group and not responsible for calling any authority on any member that threatens suicide, we strongly encourage members to call the hotline , 911, a family member or a friend, or to check themselves in to the local hospital emergency room. We truly care for all the members and it may seem unkind but again I would never want to cause harm and if the situation calls for professional help then I would follow the rule and refer them to the Crisis Numbers and/or 911.
I know you are thinking of the members too and I do understand where your coming from.
Now your other concern, I am not sure which word but I think I know, I will send this question to Admin and I would guess it is a word that is in the censored list for the site. I do not know how that list was chosen.
I thank you in advance for your understanding of where I am coming from with my response. You are all kind and caring members.
Post Edited (stkitt) : 1/23/2008 10:28:24 PM (GMT-7)
Hey Fitzy, Glad I was able to shed some light. I worked ER for 26 years so I know what your saying, but I usually had the patient in the ER so I took it from there. The ER did not take direct patient calls.
Thanks again for asking your questions.Kitt