24/7 Depression Chat Rooms are not for naïfs, though some of them engage in chat room activity. Cyberwars from rude or clueless participants can displace a sincere person’s efforts to find inner peace. A moderator’s failure to preserve or to restore order can devastate anyone, including people in good moods just trying to help a stranger. Think of the AOL chat rooms circa 1995, when the new, unchartered cyber territory was being shaped by newbies and a dearth of mental health professionals. Recent developments have dramatically improved on that.
The entire medical and mental health world has grown in the sophisticated use of the Internet. The rest of us have, too. With the exception of people new to using digital technology to mend their bodies and/or psyches, the wider population appreciates the need for conforming to pre-set rules of engagement. Rules can prevent inner pain, a waste of time and the public exposure of private matters.
Simple browser searches reveal forums for dealing with anxiety, depression, self-harm, and unhappiness in almost any form. What separates the good chat rooms, particularly the 24/7 Depression Chat Rooms, from You’re better off avoiding these” options is the proof that they’re operated by reputable mental health professionals and/or societies such as Removing Chain’s chat room. It is supported by the registered charity Ark of Hope for Children.
Another delicate situation in public forums such as 24/7 Depression Chat Rooms is that despite code names to protect user privacy, people who know the specifics of a chatter’s situation might realize who they are. That vulnerability makes it hard for troubled hearts to feel safe online, let alone to get the help they seek.
Though you can indicate your skin color/ethnicity there, Chatzy’s site indicates that it was established in 2014, but not by whom. You’ll be free to share your discrimination stories but not necessarily to know who’s overseeing the emotional relief you seek. The anonymity of a chat room’s moderators is a significant concern. The “About Us” page of Depression Sanctuary does not indicate the people behind it nor their professional credentials, either. Users simply won’t know if they’re opening up to trustworthy mental health professionals or to other individuals.
There are depression chat rooms with verifiable information about their moderators, though. The disclaimer page of Phobia Support indicates that it “While we endeavour to offer support and understanding to all who use the chat room, forum and site, we would like it to be known that this site is run by non-professionals.” Using Healthful Chat’s “Contact Us” feature can inform you of the real people providing safe and sound mental health input. Seek out such information when you want to use any depression chat room. If it’s readily available, fine. If not, consider moving on to a site where you can validate who’s running it.
Apps for mobile devices let users access 24/7 and time-limited Depression Chat Rooms when users are away from their laptops or PCs. Once you’ve learned that the site you wish to use is safe, you can access it from the car, a building, outdoors, wherever you may be.
Yocheved Golani is a popular writer whose byline has appeared worldwide in print and online. A certified Health Information Management professional, she is a member of Get Help Israel. Certified in Spiritual Chaplaincy (End of Life issues) and in counseling skills, her life coaching for ill people puts healthy perspective into a clients’ success plan for achieving desired goals.