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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, as those specifics can lead to people making unhelpful comparisons. Examples of this are saying what or how much you've consumed, or what methods you use to restrict or purge. You're welcome to use broad terms like 'binge', 'restrict' and 'purge' - just not how you do that.

    The one exception we'll make to this is talking about laxative use and misuse. This is a much more contextual issue, and we want to allow space for destigmatising difficulties around eating.

    If sharing that you take laxatives is key to people understanding what you're feeling, feel free to share it, but make sure you don't mention how many you take, how often, or exactly what effect laxatives have on you (e.g. the amount of weight you lose by taking them). If we need to edit something around this, we may decide not to give any points because it's not an easy one to judge.

We're not a crisis support service
If you're having suicidal thoughts right now and don't feel safe, or if you need urgent support for any other reason, the community isn'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, there are specialist crisis services out there who want to help. Here are a few:

Visit your nearest A&E department or call 999 if you need urgent medical attention, or if you have plans to end your life and don't feel safe. They are there to protect and help you when you need it most.

Crisis Messenger are contactable by text, 24/7, and can 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 help you work 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 almost 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.

CALL US
116 123 (UK)
116 123 (ROI)

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

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.

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We're @Mike, @Connor, @Emma_, @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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  • The MixThe Mix The Mix HQPosts: 2,584 Staff Team
    edited August 2019
    We've made some minor edits to these guidelines to make the eating section clearer:

    Eating disorders: Please avoid sharing details about your specific weight, calorie counts or any behaviours, as those specifics can lead to people making unhelpful comparisons. Examples of this are saying what or how much you've consumed, or what methods you use to restrict or purge. You're welcome to use broad terms like 'binge', 'restrict' and 'purge' - just not how you do that.

    The one exception we'll make to this is talking about laxative use and misuse. This is a much more contextual issue, and we want to allow space for destigmatising difficulties around eating.

    If sharing that you take laxatives is key to people understanding what you're feeling, feel free to share it, but make sure you don't mention how many you take, how often, or exactly what effect laxatives have on you (e.g. the amount of weight you lose by taking them). If we need to edit something around this, we may decide not to give any points because it's not an easy one to judge.

    Mike & the team :star:
    We're @Mike, @Connor, @Emma_, @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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