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We do not wish to impose a
of rules and conditions as to what is acceptable in our chat rooms. We
believe to do so would hamper communication and expression, often at times
when it is crucial to convey feelings clearly and precisely. In order for
us to maintain this stance we ask that you are conscious of others
feelings at all times, and show appropriate respect. To summarise, we ask you to
treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.
In order to avoid any confusion
as to what is acceptable in our rooms we have compiled the following
simple chat room etiquette guide.
Chat Room Etiquette:
consideration, understanding and respect to others at all times.
with all instructions and/or suggestions by the host team. A host - or
room moderator (Op) - can be identified by an "@" symbol / ban hammer next to their
nickname. Any decision by a host is not to be challenged or argued.
As a member
of these rooms you must use a single nickname whenever
you sign in. Choosing a single nickname helps to promote trust with fellow
chatters and hosts.
rooms are intended to help support those with depression and other related
health issues. The glorification of suicidal thoughts or tendencies,
and/or the glorification of self injury (either by written text or the
entry of links to other websites) will not be tolerated, and will result
in your being removed from these rooms. We also insist that you do not go
into extreme graphic detail regarding self harm or suicidal practices.
welcome to stay logged into these rooms twenty four hours a day, seven days a
week. We ask that when you are away from a chat room that you mark
yourself as absent by using the "/nick" command. By marking yourself away
in this manner clearly shows anyone new joining a channel that you are not
ignoring them if they should try and strike up a conversation with you.
We do not
tolerate the use of strong profanities, or conversation of a
sexually explicit nature. Such content can often be disturbing to others and
you will be immediately asked to change your behaviour. Attempts to disguise profanities or sexually explicit content is also not welcome and is viewed and treated in the same manner.
courtesy dictates that you ask someone publicly before sending a Private
Message (PM) to a person you do not know. Additionally, it is important
that the main chat rooms aren't neglected due to members being focused on
their respective PMs. Please consider how you might feel if you entered a
support chat room only to be ignored. If you are likely to be in a PM of
some duration, please alter your nickname in an appropriate manner. Please
enter PMs cautiously - people can claim to be anyone they wish on the
Internet and can copy your conversations to use against you at any time.
Depression Understood cannot be held liable to what occurs in
private conversations: we cannot read them, so what transpires in private
is entirely your responsibility.
rooms are not be used as dating rooms. The use of such terms as "a/s/l"
are discouraged and are frowned upon. There are thousands of dating rooms
on the Internet, please use one of them if you are looking for this sort
foremost the chat rooms are to be used for depression and/or anxiety peer
support. We do nevertheless encourage our chat resources to be used to
meet new friends and we actively encourage most types of social
interaction. It is however imperative that off-topic conversation does not
hinder those seeking peer support from engaging in the primary purpose of
the chat rooms. Please ensure conversations do not neglect or hamper
others talking about depression and/or anxiety.
respect others privacy. For example, do not publicly ask for contact
details such as telephone numbers, residential addresses, e-mail addresses,
Instant Messenger or Social Media information. These sorts of inquires can often make
people feel awkward, particularly when asked in public.
has no religious undertones, or any bias to one particular religion. We
insist that you are mindful and show consideration of others religious -
or non religious - beliefs. “Preaching” to others about your own personal
religious beliefs is not allowed. Members of the chat rooms must show
mutual respect, tolerance and understanding.
rooms are designed to act as a common ground for mutual sharing,
principally based around depression and anxiety peer support. We do not
allow this chat medium to be used as a vehicle for enticing people to
other forms of Internet communication, such as Instant Messengers. This includes
Skype, Whatsapp, kik or any other messaging services such as these. The
chat rooms should also not be used as a resource to increase popularity on
social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Always refrain from
joining the chat rooms unless you wish to use them for their intended
Please do not
make threats or hints about taking your own life. Our chat rooms are not
equipped to deal with emergencies of this nature. Furthermore, such
behaviour puts immeasurable and unfair pressure on others. If you are in
crisis please contact your emergency call out services, or search our
worldwide database to find
Emergency Contact Numbers
in your local area.
alcohol and drug misuse can be a common trait of those with depression,
anxiety and other related health concerns, we do not allow themed
conversations wholly centred on substance abuse. It is perfectly
acceptable to mention the use of alcohol or drugs, but such conversations
should not take over the chat rooms, nor should they deteriorate dialogue
to a point where it is no longer relevant to peer support. Again,
respect is the key, if any single member feels uncomfortable, the
topic must be immediately changed.
This site positively welcomes and embraces all countries and
cultures. Nevertheless, it is essential we have a common platform on which
to communicate. It is recognized that our chat rooms use the English
language only. We thank you for your understanding of this necessity.
No links in the chat rooms. We are not able to monitor the content of links. We all have different experiences in life, and the content of some sites may upset our users. If you wish to share a link, please do so in a private message. If someone sends you a link, please look at the link at your own risk. We are not responsible for any content that chatters give each other via a link.
Soliciting, endorsing or otherwise promoting websites, blogs or companies/businesses for personal gain whether for monetary or personal reasons is not allowed for any reason. Anyone appealing for money or material possessions will be removed.
any covert misuse(s) of the chat rooms to an Op (room moderator). This
rule is specifically aimed at, but is not limited to, any inappropriate
Private Messages (PMs). PMs are completely confidential - if you do not
report improper behaviour it will go unidentified. If it appears there is
not an Op available at any given time, please
or the promotion of any other similar chat rooms or forums is prohibited.
Any such activity will result in an immediate ban. Moreover, we do not
accept our members suggesting inappropriate or pro-suicide chat rooms/IRC
rooms are not to be linked to any external resource without prior written
consent from us.
age to enter these chat rooms is sixteen. By entering the chat rooms you
are validating and identifying yourself to us (Depression Understood),
as being sixteen years of age or over.
This website has no political undertones or bias towards any political ideology or system. We insist that you show consideration for others' affiliations or beliefs. Discussion solely focussed on politics, political systems or political events is neither encouraged nor allowed. As always, members of the chat rooms must show mutual respect, tolerance and understanding.
rooms are intended for depression/anxiety peer support. We prohibit
the chat rooms being used for any other purpose as listed above, and also
collection of information for studies or research. No chat room logs or
recordings of any nature are allowed to be reproduced in any manner: in
print, elsewhere on the Internet or any other form of publication; or to
be concealed in any statistical study.
rooms are not be used for professional counselling or online therapy
meetings. Furthermore, we insist that no one claims to be a practicing
mental health professional, or that they hold any related health
qualifications. It is necessary for us to adopt this standpoint as we
cannot verify the validity of such claims. False claims of expertise and
subsequent advice (especially regarding medications), could be extremely
damaging to our members.
We also would like to invite you to visit our Forum as another medium for support. Feel free to introduce yourself or tell Your Story.
like it to be noted that the hosts/Ops are volunteering their time and are
to be treated with the utmost respect.
you have any questions or problems concerning the chat rooms please contact
a host by double clicking their nickname so you can talk in private with
also be experiencing depression and/or anxiety. Their involvement in the
chat rooms is not only to oversee the smooth operation of the chat rooms,
but to offer and receive peer support in the same manner as any other
If you encounter any problems, or a situation in which you feel
uncomfortable when a host is not available please
Modified: 22nd June 2016