Group Settings, Guidelines, and Etc.
Hello! Regarding settings, I had a chance to study our options last night. Whew! For now, AIMI will have open enrollment. Some patients and family members are still working on overcoming the stigma attached to mental illness, and I would not want the application process to prevent their joining. Whomever will, let them come. I will expunge those who do not behave.
We'll just have to diligently visit AIMI daily whenever possible to make sure our members are not posting unacceptable things. Generally, as long as they are within Care2 rules, their posts can stay. Some of the members' posts may not be as sensible as we would like all of the time, because some of our members may be the very people we want to help, as we hope. That's all good, as long as they honor Care2 standards.
One host setting was changed last night to allow only the owner the privilege of expelling members. That takes the heat off you guys. Just send me suggestions by private e-mail if you feel someone needs elimination, OK?
With open enrollment and members being allowed to post without prior approval of their posts, the group ought to practically run itself, except for oversight on our parts. Let's see for a few weeks if this level of freedom will be too much, OK?
Please don't forget to invite your friends to join. We must make them aware that our main focus is advocacy for decriminalizing mental illness, and who we need are advocates for this cause. Naturally we will have some patients who are interested in joining also, and they are welcome and encouraged to do so, but mostly, we need activists!
CAREFUL! None of us is qualified to offer any diagnosis or medical or mental health advice, and I am sure that is against the law. If anyone ever asks for advice having to do with medications or anything remotely related to treatment, we will ALWAYS respond by suggesting that they confer with their psychiatrist or medical doctor, period. We must not even attempt to answer any such question or give any advice that can be construed as medical. We're just here to share and allow people space to share their experiences, but the less we comment on their comments, perhaps the better. It might be best to respond by saying, "Thank you for sharing that," and let that do. Your call, but be careful. If the members want to talk with each other about such things, that's their business, but we as owner and hosts cannot. Agreed?
Please always feel free to write to me whenever! I love you and truly appreciate you. God sent you. Some may not be religious, and that is OK, but I am, and I hope you will not be offended at my often mentioning how glad I am that God sent you to help change things for the least of these, His brethren.