Hello ForLikeMinds Community,
We are so pleased that you have joined our wonderful community. People with mental illness and their supporters are using ForLikeMinds to inspire and inform each other. We are writing to ensure you make the most of our platform to engage with other members that have relatable experiences.
Our “How To Video” may make it easier for you to get the most out of ForLikeMinds. It walks through the process to create a profile, join or create groups, and communicate with other members. We summarize these features in the Tips section below.
A Few Tips to Maximize Your Experience on ForLikeMinds
1. Complete your profile
When you login for the first time, complete your profile with information about conditions, stressful life events, and personal background. These “Tags” will allow you to connect with other members one-on-one and by joining or creating groups, so please complete the fields most relevant to you. They are all optional, but you must complete at least one Tag to find other members and to find or create groups. Completing more Tags will allow you to create higher quality connections and more specific groups. It only takes five minutes.
You can also edit your profile Tags at any time. When you edit your profile, you also have the option to:
· Upload a photo or image if you would like to personalize how other members see you.
· Add a bio, which will help other members assess how relatable your backgrounds might be. We highly recommend including some information you feel comfortable sharing — it can be short.
2. Join a Group
We now have dozens of groups, and everyday new groups are being added. If you haven’t found a group of interest, check periodically for new groups that might interest you. You can also create and lead your own groups.
3. Contribute to a Group
We all have experiences that are relevant to share, and we can benefit from the shared experiences of others with relatable backgrounds. Many members like to read our growing library of informative posts within groups. But it is also important to keep group conversations going by creating new topics and posts, so that conversations are even richer and a wide range of topics is being discussed.
4. Create a Group
We encourage a diverse range of groups which can be very specific or broad in focus. We want our groups to represent the diversity of our community. The best way to accomplish this goal is for a wide range of our members to create groups. You can create and lead groups intended for members that have similar backgrounds, based on selected Tags, to focus on topics that are relatable to group members. We believe small groups can be highly effective since they may offer more intimate environments. When you create your group, we encourage you to use our “Find Individuals” function to search for individuals who might have an interest in your group; introduce yourself and invite them to join your group. Our Group Leader Principles found on your dashboard also includes helpful tips.
5. Connect one-on-one
Our members are also connecting one-on-one. If you prefer, you can find other individual members within our large and diverse community with similar backgrounds and experiences to connect one-on-one. If you do not find a group that specifically relates to your conditions and experiences, there’s a good chance you’ll find a good match for one-on-one communications.
6. Community Guidelines
We encourage you to review our Community Guidelines found on your dashboard, which includes helpful tips on safety precautions and how to most effectively participate in groups and one-on-one.
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