Social Media for Support

With all the social media outlets and tech devices available today, peer support has evolved far beyond 1-on-1 personal interactions. I recently posed the following question on our Mary Ellen Copeland  – Mental Health Recovery & WRAP Facebook account: Do you use electronic technology or social media for support? Things like Facebook, Skype and Ichat. Any electronic media at all? If you use it, how is it working for you? How does it compare to face-to-face interactions?

The number of responses has been overwhelming with lots of great ideas and feedback. I hope that you get some good suggestions and that you will join us in the conversation!

Mary Ellen Copeland FacebookSinead Murray Willis I did your WRAP Course which helped me recover. I had severe Post Natal Depression. I use Facebook and Twitter to help other mothers recover by offering support/advice. There are lots of support groups and I have seen people who are really struggling being helped by these groups. They are very important. Some people don’t have anyone else to talk to. Also those who have recovered have a real desire to help others. It works really well. Hope this helps. If you need any other info let me know. On Twitter many groups link up and share ideas.

Debbie Wiseman I am agoraphobic so technology is vital to me. I am able to keep in contact with family and friends, and I can touch base with counselors too. It’s much easier to send an email than to make a phone call. There is a lot of support and information online. I also enjoy face to face because I am challenging myself to even go there, but without the online aspect I feel like it would be so easy for me to become even more secluded and drop out of life.

Michel van Esch
Often it is a lot easier to talk with someone on social media. It takes some shame away. And if you don’t want to go outside, you can still be in touch with people. You’ve got the control! You can connect or disconnect with people YOU want. Wherever, whenever YOU want. It doesn’t feel like a total isolation anymore because you can keep in touch with the world around you. And you can get connected with people around the world very easily to share possibilities!

Amber Haynes I use Facebook, Skype, FaceTime, Snap Chat, and Glide.
I use them to stay in contact with family and friends both near and far. I like to see the person I am talking to and my 3 year old is the same way. My Dad lives an hour away from me so talking to him and being about to see him is important to both me and my daughter.

Tabitha Rollins Farr I work in mental health but also serve in a recovery ministry. Although I see my “recovery family” often, we communicate via Facebook regularly throughout the week. My personal page is often used to share wellness tools, offer encouragement, provide support and/or referrals, and often start a conversation that progresses into a phone call or personal visit. We also use a FB “secret” group that provides a safer environment for those in recovery. In this group, we can share without our comments being seen by the public.

Kathleen Green Any way to relate to others, share what works and eliminate the lonely feeling that isolates, is the best support. Personally, a face-to-face interaction increases the chance of interruption and less time to think of what you really want to say. You can communicate with less stress and more accuracy by text. A phone call with someone you trust is good for me also. Trust is key. Electronic (computer) allows little privacy in my opinion.

Joy Torres I would rather be face to face because I’m one whom likes to be touched and for seeing expression. Where technology is a great program. It’s definitely more difficult and less to the personal appearance.

Patty Knox I like the face-to-face approach. It makes it easier for me because I like the personal closeness you can feel. You can’t get that from technology

Lindy Bishop I like to access face to face with people. However I can access face to face through face time and social media. In fact I have grown to appreciate the social media impact more now as it seems to allow me to build confidence and process information as I’m comfortable. I feel it’s important to provide options for people. That way more people have the ability to connect at their own pace 💕

Lindy Bishop I want ways to connect and stay connected

Carla Preston Harmer I like technology. However, there is nothing like face to face contact. Reading body language and making direct eye contact is so valuable when connecting with people.

Diana Babcock I use all kinds–Texting for quick questions or support (ie. I’m craving a cigarette, text someone to get the thought out of my head, the action of using my fingers and thumbs is distracting), Hangout and Skype for loved ones who live too far away for me to visit a lot, and to talk to my grands, Facebook and FB support groups is great for meeting people from all over the world, we can share ideas for fun and difficulties (i.e. I am in a heart surgery support group, huge amount of peer support there, those who are facing surgery, those who’ve had theirs and all the things that go with this).

I am also using email for support in personal stuff I am doing. This is with peers who I’ve met through trauma and hearing voices work. I make sure I balance with face to face though. I tend to like being alone a wee bit too much sometimes, so I make sure I’m out and about, even if simply visiting my neighbor (i.e. 12 years, we ‘flop’ and help with our kids and share chocolate), or family and friends who live closer.

Amey Dettmer I use Facebook support groups for problem solving and to gain different perspectives and clarity to any thoughts/feelings I may be having. Since my face to face supporters don’t always understand what I go through, it’s nice to have another outlet for my thoughts. It’s always nice to know that people from all over the world can relate and are able to provide encouragement and ideas when I am not feeling well.

Jaimi Vann There are some great apps. Personally I like optimism which is for tracking mood, reminds to use coping skills etc

Jessie Zavala It does not satisfy the people contact value. It just helps pass the time and at times helps specially when people are separated by miles but it does not compare to having a face to face. Just having someone sit with you and listen is the most important message.

Tracey Lynne Holley Sometimes you want to keep in touch but not face to face – can feel too invasive and exhausting when going through a bad patch. But just knowing there is some communication is better than none. Typing a response and getting one back can be very therapeutic for me – I can actually see written word and these responses from friends are like affirmations that someone is glad that I exist. Emoticons can be useful when you don’t know what to say too. Sometimes it is better than face to face.

Rebecca Nadeau Yes. I started using Facebook in order to catch up with friends. While waiting, I’d play games. I caught myself ignoring instant messages, because I was so into the game. Hours turn to days. Resulting in game addiction and anti social behavior. I find a phone call or face to face is a better way to interact. So much gets lost in translation with typing, due to guessing expression and intent. Not to mention speed of typing, electronic glitches and spell check mistakes.

Linda Cole I use social media a lot and I like it, not as much as face to face. However, when face to face is not possible social media is good. I don’t feel so isolated.

Robert Gough I use social media a lot, and I also find face to face very helpful. I have closed Facebook groups to use for specific problems, and I have made individual connections within those with whom I can share on more detail still. I have a local-ish support group that I can go to weekly, that is about specific aspects of my recovery, and I have built various friendships over time that can also be helpful. So for me its very much a combination.

Angela Cerio I don’t know if texting counts as social media, but it has become my personal favorite for reaching out to my support network.

Aine Nibhern Good quality face to face interaction is good but not always possible e.g. meeting a supportive friend or going for talk therapy. Financial constraints can limit access to good quality talk therapy.

Social media e.g. Facebook and Twitter allowed me to connect to other survivors of Psychiatric abuse or the relatives of those killed by drugs and professionals (honest Psychiatrists and Psychologists versus what I first got exposed to), to gain knowledge, network, educate myself, learn about WRAP, build back confidence and try to help others have informed consent. Something I never had. It was a life saver on some level. In the loneliness of the “real world” after what happened to me 7 years ago. The use of the drug Citalopram for panic triggered mania / psychosis and basically the end of the life I knew.

On the downside, social media is used by Mental health charities and those who benefit from the “illness model” to encourage people to claim they are “mentally ill” when they may just be going through emotional distress, effects of the drugs etc. People should not take on the “mental illness” label lightly as it has many implications for a person’s life.

“Giving someone a Psychiatric diagnosis is an immensely powerful act which has profound implications for their identity, relationships, place in the community, employment, health and future” clinical Psychologist Lucy Johnstone

Sue Sleasman I use social media for support ie: Facebook. I am involved in two groups that help support both my sobriety and PTSD.

Janet Houston Verga Absolutely, Facebook is great. I relocated about 7 years ago and only visit with friends back home 1 time a year. Also it is practically my only contact with family members I haven’t seen in 26 years and/or have not even met in person yet. I am also apart of a Certified Peer Specialist support group on Facebook. It is a local group that meets face to face monthly but I can’t always attend the meeting.

Carol Coussons de Reyes Face to face can be more soothing, but also more challenging. Facebook is fast and fun, though I get anxiety about not having time to keep up with everyone. Twitter is a complex puzzle, but fun to connect world wide in. Crisis via electronics is scarier than face to face.

Caroline Belser Foster I use social media to stay connected. I don’t post private struggles on open platforms like Facebook or Twitter. I do use email for more private conversations around giving and receiving support. The same for texting.

Dana Carl I use Facebook to talk to one of my supports. Sometimes when I am feeling bad, I don’t want the face-to-face contact.

Lora Ann Keech I have used Facebook for support as well as FaceTime. When I was on the brink of crisis it truly helped bring me back to myself. It’s not as helpful to me as being face to face. However that’s not always possible in the moments you may need them the most so I am very thankful to have a way to still be able to get the support I need.

Tom Cruz Within the Veteran community we are seeing a rise in the use of social media and getting assistance through there. We have huge networks of support groups and resources that we provide from across the country. Most like this type of interaction because the face to face has not worked or we are not able to get appointments frequent enough for an issue. Plus the Brotherhood/Sisterhood formed in the military makes it easier to connect through social media and provide guidance because it is with another person that has been there and done that. The downfall to using social media and a platform like this is that everyone becomes an expert–what we call in the military “barracks lawyers” and some of the information may not be correct for an individual situation or, like I have seen in the past, an individual is helping another one from a serious situation and the helped gets triggered by the “patient”. So as much as social media is a helper it also can become an issue.

Ian Romani I use Facebook messenger app as well as the regular Facebook site on my phone as social media. I find that both are very helpful in me communicating with friends and family. I have even joined in some good old fashion discussion with others about my life and living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I was a patient for many years. Now by the grace of God and getting myself back on track, I have my own studio apartment. What’s good about Facebook is that with Facebook messenger app I can still be close to my friends. And I don’t have to go far I love it.

Minnie Lucas I use Facebook because it makes it easy for me to stay connected with many across the state. The feedback from many has helped me reach a higher level of self-esteem, believe it or not.

Hiede Plyler Lott There are three Face Book pages that I regularly use for support, and I’ve done chat rooms a few times when my need was pressing. I don’t usually do chat rooms and I prefer face-to-face, but I also don’t want to wake the people I love at 2:00 a.m. Fortunately, there is always someone awake on the internet.

Wendy Seponski I use it and I feel more connected, but face to face is so much better

Jode Freyholtz-London I am on the road a lot so virtual support us essential for me. Part of my WRAP from devotions to Face Book.

Donna Keutmann It’s weird when I think of it. I provide peer support services but have such a hard time interacting with “regular” people or I guess anybody outside the mental health world. I have intense fears, for example, trouble going in to a grocery store alone.

Social media allows me to have a connection with my family. They don’t visit or call. At least, I can watch their posts and see how they’re doing. Social media can be a lifeline and a way to practice skills. The distance keeps you safe, but still the face-to-face human connection can’t be replaced. But sometimes many of us can’t get that in our lives.

Kimberly Marie Lippincott I use Facebook a lot

Grace Heckenberg It’s easier because I don’t have to uphold standards of the happy majority for face-to-face interaction such as clean clothes, energetic demeanor, and smiling face. It also enables me to break off with people more easily. It’s less stressful because there’s not so much stimulation such as noise, odors, bright lights and excessive numbers of people around. However I tend to meet too many psychiatric consumers online and listening to them can be very triggering because they are very accepting of psychiatry, often in therapy — mental health believers. But I tend to unfriend those people as much as possible.

Kathleen O’Connell Hartman I use the WRAP app on my phone often. It’s succinct and I always have it with me. I belong to two Face Book groups that are helpful. I’ve moved twice in two years, so don’t have a lot of face to face interactions yet. Facebook messenger is great for a quick check-in, or texting someone lets me know if they’re available.
With certain people, I’d rather have written communication because the sound of their voices (and what I perceive as disapproval) is re-activating for me.

I dislike webinars because there are lots of technological glitches and I get impatient. I much prefer to listen to a recorded webinar after-the-fact when it is convenient for me and the recording has been edited.
My energy is high very early in the morning and I usually can’t stay up to travel to a Face to Face support group in the evening and then travel back home at night.

Paul Engels I believe we only exist in relation to one another so in that sense yes, it is very valuable.

Marcie Hedrington I don’t use social media. I use my wrap tools and I also attend my PTSD groups every week along with my anger management, and my Women Support Groups …That keeps me grounded for the entire week and weekend….I try not to dwell on my depression

Wendy Linebrink-Allison I use social media everyday. It allows you the opportunity to look at things when you need them. It allows for a variety of resources depending on your mindset. It allows you to read things and think about how you can improve your life. It allows you the opportunity to look at yourself and think about the things that may be impacting your life. It allows you to take a self-journey of discovery and build up your recovery and resiliency toolbox.

Without social media there’s times when I wouldn’t have anybody I feel like I could to talk to.

A lot can happen in a week while someone is waiting to see a counselor. A lot of relationships can be destroyed. Social media allows for a healthy resource to access the right care at the right time.

Raven Sergio Boy do we use Facebook. I teach wrap here and they love it. Site Keeper of the Feather you have bee invited to join we uplift each other we use positive affirmations we have tool boxes that have so many things we help each other’s use. My class that I teach are some of the admins of the site this gives them empowerment and responsibility and the growth I see is amazing the site was a dream just to see if it would spark any interest, we have been on now about 3 months I wasn’t sure this dream was going to go , but as of last night we ha e hit 190 members we have collaborated with another closed group and its awesome they are also a support group and its just growing and the love and the support is so wonderful to see we all share everything the happy. Good bad sad the ups the downs cause we have each other to help each other wrap has changed so many lives, lawyers doctors everyday people Marh Ellen e Ed in my wildest dreams did I think that that training that I was so honored to. Be in attendance so long ago ( I was in the 1st training showing my age and proud! ) that I would. E helping and teaching with out teaching people in other states of all walks of life now wrap can and does change your world in such a way . I want to thank you if it wasn’t this wonderful program, it was the one thing I could fall back on when my momma passed in 2012 no on else could but wrap helped me do it ,,,,, WRAP. CAN WRAP YOUR WORLD IN EMPOWERMENT AND SELF ESTEEM

Debby Kellis someone posted the link to 7 cups of tea, a world wide 24 hour peer support chat. It’s pretty good if you need to just connect with someone, just anyone at all, at 3 am…

Michael Buzzinotti Social media (face book) helps me relax after stressful days and certain life situations. I can post to friends and get responses from positive feedback. And let it out when no one is around to talk to.

Cindy Pease I use social media a lot. My family live in Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia and I only get out to go to therapy, stores, church, give food out twice a month and the doctor. So I rely on it often.

Rokus Loopik I do not exaggerate when I state that Facebook is a powerful tool for peer support. I encourage people with lived experience, to connect with each other after they come back home. I am proud to say that, at least for 5% (or more), it lead to the fact that people found a way to connect and support each other through daily life and thus social media. I think we haven’t seen anything yet. It can be bigger and I think we should encourage people to do it. It fits in our time frame.

Karen Curlis Social media is becoming increasingly important even in a crowd of people face-to-face you will find them chatting on their phones. I have used virtually all forms or can figure out how.

Jennifer Fauque I do use programs such as Facebook because some of my supporters live out of town. I prefer face to face communication because I receive more validation because I can tell that the supporter is paying attention. When I use social media I do not know if the supporter is distracted by something else.

Sandra Tait Mary Ellen, I have so much to tell you about how important electronic technology and social media is for my Wellness, but, with the grandchildren home, I am finding it hard to find the time! I lost the post that I started earlier frown emoticon I’ll post again, or e-mail you as both of these things are very, very important for my Wellness, not least of all for us WRAP people to keep in contact with you and co-ordinators all over the world!

Cheryl Sharp I use all types of social media for support and many of my peers are around the country as is my family. I use Facebook, Twitter, and text to reach out. I am always happy when I am able to connect face to face but am simply on the road too much. Most recently, at the passing of my husband I felt wrapped in love and support from my virtual friends as well as my face to face supporters.

Veronica Joan Snooks Face to face is fantastic, however. When session is done, having a worldwide connection to peers, family friends, makes the difference, I used to feel alone, not anymore. Since I joined Facebook I connected again, I can be a support to people and be supported, no money involved. It’s a beautiful thing, when strangers encourage, love and even grieve together. It’s like a giant wrap.

Jerry Reid There was a lot of great points and like in wrap we know ourselves better than most. It is good to have more tools in our recovery tool box. As a peer to peer life happens 24/7 not 9am to 5pm.Monday thru Friday. As a provider transparency can get cloudy based on licensing. The younger peers network more than the older peers.

Patricia Deangelis I use Facebook a lot! I run a Facebook group: “Walk with me thru our issues. “I’m glad there’s Facebook and social media! I don’t drive, so when I can’t get to face-to-face therapy it’s nice to just go on Facebook for a chat with my friends and play the games on the apps. I have face-to-face therapy too. I use both social media and face-to-face.

Audrey Forrest I like to use Facebook and Twitter both for support and to share knowledge and events. I am working on a Facebook page about using my own WRAP plan. I keep up to date with WRAP and Shery Mead and Intentional Peer Support. I am a member of a few bipolar support groups and have found I can help as well as receive help. Peer support can be so effective. Of course you have to be careful in such groups as some people can be in a bad place, but everyone seems very mindful of what they say and often post warnings if they feel what they have to say may trigger others. There is an immediacy with this type of support-you can be supported in minutes rather than going through Drs, ER or anything like that. The immediacy has, for me, defused a crisis before it became one as I posted what I was feeling much earlier in the process than I would have consulted a “professional”..

Tonya Long I use both. I use Face Book to play games and social to talk face to face.

Kazunori Nagasaki Considering how to leverage information technology is really important. Meet in person, of course, is also important.

Joanne Walker I am a Certified Peer Support Specialist. But even before that I always liked doing things face to face, or with a note or letter (post). And last with a telephone call. I am from the old school and was brought up to send thank you notes far gifts, and the such. The letter is becoming obsolete. I do use the internet, but my first response is to use face to face. I hope this helps.

Trusty McBee I have both. My face-to-face support is a Recovery Group, provided by my County’s Community Mental Health, led by a paid Peer Support Coordinator and then I have a Minister support friend from church who is a retired College Professor who taught Mental Health Nursing at a Nursing College. Support groups are a daily place to find mental health support but I find online communication to be very disheartening. My posts often are not even acknowledged by a “plus”, and seldom by comments, so it’s easy to feel rejection, and I have had people “block” me, who once called me friend, without an explanation. I don’t know what I said that caused them to change their mind about me. Face to face interaction is so much better, though not as often. Face to face support is safer and more trustworthy, and offers mutuality. If someone has a complaint toward me, we can address the issues together and find mutual resolution. Online communication is like a Las Vegas one-arm bandit…sometimes there’s a jackpot of response from others, but mostly not…and that only exponentially adds to my mental health suffering. But like any gambling addiction, high hopes for the jackpot of affirmation drives me to spend more time than I ought to… for such a low rate of return and worse, utter rejection for which I have no recourse to fix. At least face to face, a resolve is almost sure to transpire….and there is where personal growth can surely occur. The goal of recovery is to improve mental and behavioral defects. Online communication can foster “road rage”…where irritations can develop and with an easy stroke of a button, anger can be muted/deleted/blocked, like an angry gesture waved at a fellow driver…blocked communication accomplishes nothing good. Although online interaction offers 24/7 support, the quality of human interaction is too unreliable for me, personally….too Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde like. On Facebook…I’m liked, not liked….that takes it’s toll on my self-esteem, which is vital for recovery. Face to face interaction builds sturdy self-esteem.

Crystal D Choate No… Im one who just doesn’t use electronic media. I could but It often causes too much brain input for me and then I’m overloaded.

Lori Bell Facebook, I like it

Helen Nilon I have been using Facebook with increasing frequency. First and foremost, for me it is similar to communication by text or via email. I have been told by others and experienced in my own past that electronic communication (by any means) was a true first-step in breaking isolation in a non-threatening way. We are now in an era where many have grown up with electronic communication.

For me, it does not equal “face-to-face” encounters, yet Face Book has allowed me to reach out to a larger number of people that I know than I could ever have had in-person conversations.

The evolution of this technology and inclusion of “emots” allows me to pass along feelings, which I previously assumed the reader would “know” by reading my words. I have found that in my “emails of old” much was lost in the “two-dimensional words.” That said, I have found that Facebook has served to enhance my connections with others.

A few examples: I have reached out to colleagues from my first Advanced WRAP Facilitators training – who have since changed employment and thus have new contact information, via Facebook messaging and obtained their current addresses and phone numbers.

I also feel a daily “connection” with people who are connected to WRAP and Recovery. The same holds true with Advocacy groups I am signed up with. The latter has provided me with information and ways to contact Congress Members in “real time” to advise them of Behavioral Health & Wellness or my position on matters we deem critical to enhance human dignity and civil rights.

I have also been able to reconnect with people from our past. Some of these people go back to elementary school, although most are related to music and high school. When visiting California I have now been able to meet with many of these people.
Several of them will be attending my upcoming wedding which brings great joy and continuity to my life.

In these ways Facebook has become a tool I use in the same way you have reached out with your question to us.

Joe Kramer I do use Facebook and SMART recovery on line meetings and tools but I also go to AA and support groups for face to face I find I need all of these combined to keep my recovery on track.

Carolyn Meyer Wendel I belong to a support group that is fabulous. I’ve learned a lot about taking hold of my own recovery and its helped me out a lot on Facebook.

Joyce Ott No comparison but a good substitute at times. The feedback is not from a professional and most are talking about being strong and motivational. Professionals are about moving people forward in positive and constructive ways.

Tiffany Keeler I’ve tried to, but it doesn’t seem to be as effective as seeing someone face-to-face or hearing their voice over the phone. In a pinch, it works, though.

Barb Robertson Now that I am no longer work in the mental health field, getting on Facebook has helped greatly when I need to touch base with supports that live far and wide. It is not as good as face to face, however it is much better than not being able to get in contact at all.

Kathyann Corl I use Facebook for support but I do it through closed groups because I do not feel comfortable having everything open. The small groups I use include one for my health, one for creativity and one as a forum to talk about how we are building WRAP in our region. I enjoy long phone calls with friends, writing letters and cards to friends and I am part of a Franciscan Fellowship where we grow together in music and spirituality.

Steve Moffitt Yes. Usually through private message in Facebook. Has actually helped me through crisis.

Julie Bogdan I use Facebook it works especially when I communicate about fighting stigma against mental illness

Maureen Mayer I have use Facebook in closed groups. It’s a way to connect at any hour of the day or night, But, for me at least, not as effective as face-to-face. I prefer the more personal touch of being there with others. See them there and being able to get a hug if I need it. I also have access to a warm line but am not always able to get through right away.

Susan Smith I have used WRAP in my own wellness, but due to life issues have recently relocated several times. Facebook has allowed me to stay connected to people who have been members of my support team from wherever I happen to be. I share inspirational stories and affirmations, as well as opinions on various issues that affect our lives. I find information that the mainstream media either can’t or won’t report on. News that might be censored otherwise can go viral over social media. It allows communication around the globe, so alternative perspectives can be gathered. Hope is a universal language. We can learn a lot from seeking alternative perspectives, as long as we are open to change, and those we communicate with are respectful of our emotional state. The only downfall I see with social media is that you can’t tell what the person is thinking. You can’t see facial expressions and body language, so the person could be only halfway listening or thinking of their response instead of truly trying to understand. To answer the question, I use social media, and I find it helpful when I am isolated from my support network. I do however like face-to-face support. When I am able, I connect in person. When no one is available, I will connect with someone who will listen. As long as there is life, there is hope. Never give up hope. I will find someone to affirm my hope, even if it’s 2 a.m.

Rosa Ponce I utilize an app on my phone. It’s connected to a website but you can access the forum through an app. There are many categories for support group. It’s great because it’s easy to use. I really like it because I feel like I can connect with people that I otherwise would not do in person. For example, in my support group there are doctors, nurses, teachers, head honchos. It’s really amazing how this support group can bring a diverse group of people together

Susan Smith If you really think about it, doctors and teachers are people too. They have more education, but they experience the same emotions we do, and can also deal with stress and depression related to work. If you think of them as people instead of their position, I think you could deal with people in high positions in a healthier manner.

Rosa Ponce That is true. I meant that I have never been in a support group with someone who is in a higher position. It’s nice that the app brings is together and indeed we are able to see that all people of any socio economic class need support and are able to provide that for one another. One thing I also like about this particular. Support group is that you are able to maintain your anonymity so that titles and labels don’t matter. You are simply there to discuss and support

Jen Padron Yes to all of the above but nothing works for me more than the soft voice and touch of a friend and peer who understands

Martin Baker I am primary support and caregiver to my best friend who lives with bipolar disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME) and fibromyalgia. We met on Facebook four years ago and have grown a close, mutually caring and supportive friendship completely online. I live in the United Kingdom, she is 3000 miles away in the US.

We use a wide range of technologies (primarily Facebook, Skype and Twitter) to keep in touch and to share our worlds, both with each other and with other like-minded and like-hearted people all over the world. We are proud to have recently joined the Skype Ambassador program as Ambassadors for Social Good.

We are passionate about sharing what we have learned and are writing a book based on our experiences as friends. Our vision is a world where no one is too far away to be cared for, or to care.

Richard Weingarten I’ve heard people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder who can’t tolerate being physically in peer support groups, but they use online chat support groups that are very helpful. I know people with social anxiety who can’t attend support groups in person, or get much from a classroom experience, but do well with online support groups and online courses. I personally don’t use social media for support. But I do keep up with friends via e-mails and Facebook which is a kinda support.

Christie Kay Ohl Face to face is by far the best. There is so much wrong interpretation in social media for which I do little of.

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