I’ve been thinking about the support available to sufferers on here especially when they’re in turmoil and at breaking point.
We have a coping section which contains useful tips, info etc but what’s generally sought/missing for the desperate is the human touch, the arm around the shoulder and some re assurance.
For many personal lives have been decimated and there is no one at home to go to and the health sector only brings fear and intrepedation.
So where does one go when in such a state
What about setting up a buddy system on a volunteer basis. Where Guys can be paired up and get to know each other and even build a good enough relationship to discuss stuff outside of pfs.
Having this safety blanket/net in place could turn out to be priceless and could even pull someone back from the brink.
I’ve thought about it for a while as I’ve often been approached by desperate sufferers and done my best to help, some have responded, even got better after coming out of the initial onslaught/ crash but I have my own problems and think this could be handled much better if we shared and worked at this collectively as a team.
I have formed a very good relationship with someone on here, who I’ won’t mention. At times he’s been the voice of reason / the calm. We chat outside of PFS too. If I ever met him in person I’d throw my arms around him for being there for me but only after I kicked him in the pods for some of his humour. Only joking mate. But seriously we need to be able to talk to each other as no one outside of here gets this shit and what is offered up just ignites the fires of frustration . The open forum is great but I just think adding the personal touch would be of benefit and many have been abandoned by most of their mates.
I’m also aware the foundation fans out mails asking if anyone on the list can help support new arrivals but I think this would add another string to the bow and not everyone comes in via the foundation door anyway.
As said on a volunteer basis and for those that think it would be worthwhile to them and to others. This is about helping one another and being there for each other.
What do you guys think.