Hey guys, it's the SD Army Admin.
I've been going through the forum over the past week learning about what you guys like to talk about and how I can make improvements. However, the "Help Line" has really stuck out as a very hot topic area.
For the most part, there are some GREAT discussions going on in here. People are talking about having a hard time in school, with their families, their weight and so on. However, there are some posts which are going too far and saying things like:
"I'm going to kill myself"
"I want to die right now"
We all know that teen depression and suicide is a real thing and when it comes to very deep feelings of inner hurt, as a community we have to recognize that these kind of posts are serious. So serious that they're meant for you to call a suicide or help hotline. Again, that number is: 1-800-SUICIDE.
"The Help Line" on the SD ARMY is a place for you to discuss issues that happen in your life. It is not a place to say you want to kill yourself or that you want to die as this is a serious issue which demands professional attention, not feedback from peers.
We all want this forum to be a fun, safe place for people to talk. Use the help line to ask for constructive feedback on tough things, not a place to cry for help and have other members talk you off a ledge. This behavior actually makes others feel helpless because they want to help you, but are never sure that it will work. It's emotionally exhausting. Imagine doing that with HUNDREDS of posts every day! And the facts are, it won't help either person feel truly better.
So. Please be there for each other, but always ask yourself before you post: How can I ask for help in a way that will make me get the answers I need and so that other members feel like they've helped me.
Be well. Be happy.