About this forum (Health & Wellbeing)

The MixThe Mix Posts: 2,189 Community Managers
edited March 13 in Health & Wellbeing

Welcome to Health & Wellbeing!

This is a place to talk about anything related to mental or physical health, as well as general wellbeing. Here are a few things to bear in mind when using this forum:

Be mindful of your words
The words you use will have an impact on others. For this reason, please leave out anything too descriptive and be careful with your language. We've broken this down into some categories:

  • Self-harm: Please avoid any graphic detail or description of methods (such as where or how you've harmed yourself). Instead, we encourage you to focus on feelings (e.g. "I feel like harming myself because I feel..."). Please stick to 'self-harm' and know that we understand if you're harming, you're hurting. 

  • Suicidal feelings: We're not a crisis service (more on this below). It's okay to say you're experiencing suicidal feelings or thoughts generally, but please avoid sharing details that could cause the community to worry for your safety (e.g. that you've written a suicide note or made a specific plan).

  • Eating disorders: Please avoid sharing details about your specific weight, calorie counts or any behaviours (such as what or how much you've been eating or drinking). Instead, we encourage you to focus on your feelings.

We're not a crisis support service
If you're having suicidal thoughts right now and don't feel safe, the boards aren't a good place for you to get support. We're not set up or trained to provide support to people in crisis, and these conversations can make others feel very worried or unsafe. If you're at breaking point, please contact the services below:

Crisis Messenger are contactable by text, 24/7, and are able to talk through any urgent issues you're facing:
Our crisis messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you’re aged 25 or under, and are experiencing any painful emotion or are in crisis, you can text THEMIX to 85258.

Papyrus can offer to help you working on some practical techniques to get you through those intense moments:
If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice.

Call: 0800 068 4141
Text: 07786209697
Email: [email protected]
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends, 2pm – 10pm bank holidays

Samaritans are reachable by phone and email 24/7, and will never break your confidentiality:
Whatever you're going through, call us free any time, from any phone on 116 123. We're here round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. You don't have to be suicidal to call us.

116 123 (UK)
116 123 (ROI)

[email protected] (UK)
[email protected] (ROI)

Find your local Samaritans branch.


There are places you can have an unfiltered vent
Any of the services mentioned above, plus Childline and Self Injury Support are set up to provide a safe outlet for you to share absolutely anything that's on your mind. You won't need to filter what you say in these spaces.

Seek medical help if you need it

With any injury, it's crucial to take care of it. There are a number of things you can do to ensure you stay safe, but it might be better to get yourself checked out by a professional. We strongly advise visiting your local A&E or calling 999 if you think you need urgent medical attention.

You can't be diagnosed online
To get a reliable diagnosis, you need to be examined by a qualified medical professional, and may also need clinical tests. Please take any advice you are given on public message boards with a pinch of salt - don't trust it until you have confirmed it with your nurse or doctor.

We all make mistakes
We appreciate that when you're not feeling very resilient you might find yourself unintentionally overstepping the guidelines. Everybody makes mistakes, so we won't ban anyone after one false move. If you repeatedly overstep guidelines following messages from moderators, we may have to take further action.

Feel free to comment below with any questions or suggestions.

New here?
Head to Start Here, where you'll find some useful information about us and our main rules and guidelines.

We're @Aife@Mike, @Italia and @Ed_ - the staff team here at The Mix. We don't provide support via this account, but if you have any questions about the boards or need a hand finding your way around, feel free to drop us a message. Alternatively, you can head over to the Help Desk.
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