If you are new to internet forums or discussion sites, it may look like a lot of information, and perhaps slightly daunting! However, it really is quite simple, you just need to know a few things to get you started.

If you read this short introduction page you’ll have all the basic information to get you started on internet forum discussions!

Some of the wording on this page will be in blue writing. By clicking on these words, it will open a separate window giving you further information.

Internet discussion forums all have different styles, rules and guidelines. The ethos of this forum is to be able to discuss all aspects of mental health issues – including support and care, in a safe, anonymous, and friendly atmosphere. Please read our guidelines.

To ensure our site remains a friendly place to discuss issues, we have a team of volunteers who uphold the guidelines. This is a busy discussion site, and posts are instantaneously available for viewing, and are not individually moderated to keep conversations current and fluid. If you see a post by a member that concerns you (e.g. abusive to you or another), or you feel breaches the forum guidelines click here to read how to deal with it.

We also have a team of dedicated volunteers who offer their time assisting new members (as well as established members!) with help getting used to forum use. You can find them by clicking here, and scrolling down the screen to the Forum Guides (names in fuchsia). Feel free to click on their name, and send them a private message with any questions, or concerns. By clicking one that is currently online (they have a green circle next to their name), you are likely to get a faster response.

With this information, you will be able to get started and post your issues; find support groups; all the latest mental health news etc

More information about how to use the forum, when you get the hang of things can be seen by visiting this area in the forum information section. This section includes emergency telephones numbers.

To join in the fun on our friendly forum please register here.

If you have already registered and you are now ready to say hello to our members please post your message here. If you’d first like to see how other people have introduced themselves please look in our introductions section.

If you prefer have a look around and familiarise yourself with the forum, and find which areas may be of help to you, or someone you are concerned about.

It is great to have you with us! Together we are stronger!

From all of us here at the Mental Health Forum!

****Special thanks to Mayfair and the Forum Buddies for writing this page!!*******