I think this is something that I was struck by when I joined here, not only that people felt the thing to do was to get out of here asap, but that other people in the community would encourage the behaviour “if I had got better you wouldn’t have seen me for dust!”
Things are better now, because the place is less of a fantasy land where people cross their fingers and hope that a big dose of vitamins will make the difference and get angry if it’s pointed out that it might not be a good idea because it hadn’t worked when other people had tried it.
I think where I would say the work could be in this is in working out how to make our collective relationship with the PFSN an ongoing one, much as other charitable organisations have done - particularly obvious in the case of Cancer charities, who run events and fundraisers with lots of visibility. Obviously the number of cancer patients dwarfs our community, which makes that more viable, but even those who are connected to those communities aren’t necessarily checking in daily, weekly or even monthly, but they do keep in touch.
So, I think the aim might be to try and make this community a more lasting one, that people will check in on even if they are feeling better, I think we need to encourage people to not just give financially, but to feel part of a community, even if there’s been a reprieve of their sentence.
With time, I think that things have got a lot better around here, thanks to the team really having put a lot of time in to make things possible, and things continue to improve, so I think that it’s still the case that if you were to get PFS today you’re in a better place than if you’d got it yesterday just as getting it yesterday is better than when I got it. But as you say, things would be easier for all, if more people felt that this was their community, that they are connected and have some responsibility towards.
Focussing on community rather than donations might end up delivering more donations than focussing on donations, if you see what I mean, but it would bring with it a number of other benefits with it too.