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What are the key ingredients of the RO community?

We have lots of different roles in our little community. There's Staff like me who help to make sure everything is working okay and other staff like @Bree-RO who help keep people safe at night, Mods like @Chessca_H , Builders like @roseisnotaplant members like @scared01 and literally thousands of people who read lots of posts, but are pretty shy about talking- which is okay Smiley Happy 

 

I want to know how you see yourself in the community no matter who you are or what you do here. 

 

So here are my questions for you Smiley Happy 

What do you get out of being a part of the RO community?

This could be anything from feeling good, staying safe, learning things, getting experience for a job, making friends, anything at all Smiley Happy 

 

What are the things you enjoy doing to give back to the community?

This could be anything from talking to others, offering support, catching spammers, sharing cool stuff you have discovered or learned, anything at all! 

 

And here's one last extra question: 

What do you need more of? 

This could be anything from more support when things are tough, to know more about who people are here on the forums and what they do, more conversations about stuff that matters to you, or more responsibility for helping out. 

 

And to make these easier to copy, here's the questions again without the explanations: 

 

What do you get out of being a part of the RO community?

 

 

What are the things you enjoy doing to give back to the community?

 

 

What do you need more of? 

 

 

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Re: What are the key ingredients of the RO community?

Hey @Ben-RO I really like this idea!!!!

So awesomeeeeeee

 

What do you get out of being a part of the RO community?

I love the atmosphere here! I love how I can come here when I'm down and air my feelings without people judging me. I also love that I can support people in their struggles and help others the way RO helped me when I needed it the most.

 

What are the things you enjoy doing to give back to the community?

 I love giving people support and advice, I share my story to help others in any way I can, and it's something I will link in if I can. This was something that I personally found very beneficial when the builders and mods linked what I was struggling with to something similar they overcame - it helped me see that I'm not alone and that it can be worked through.

 

I like posting GIFS, photos, talking about my cats, being ME! 

 

What do you need more of?

Honestly, I don't know. For me I'm getting what I need. 

I am curious to see what others write so I can better help Smiley Happy




~~ ☆ Be yourself ; Everyone else is already taken ♡ ~~

Re: What are the key ingredients of the RO community?

What do you get out of being a part of the RO community?

 I guess feeling good about helping and supporting someone or people in need. Also, learning more about peer support through experience posting on these forums have tremendously helped me gain experience providing peer support for my future career. 

 

What are the things you enjoy doing to give back to the community?

 Offering support for those in need, particularly if the issue at hand is something I've actually experienced before Smiley Happy 

 

What do you need more of? 

 Perhaps more support when offering support for those who are really acutely distressed to the point they might harm themselves or others. I know that these posts are typically left to mods or ReachOut staff members but I really want to help these people out as I may want to become a mod in the near future. I'm just concerned on whether my response might trigger them in some way or whether my response would be helpful to them. 

Re: What are the key ingredients of the RO community?

I get to stay safe in the RO community along with making friends Smiley Happy I love giving back postive ideas and being positive in the community Smiley Wink Also theres nothing else we need more of! But great idea!!

Re: What are the key ingredients of the RO community?

Hi, @Ben-RO,

Question 1

I feel more open to talking about things that are going on and I am able to talk to someone without telling anyone face to face. Being part of the community I have found really helpful as I don't feel that I could tell someone I know about how I have been feeling because I fear that people won't listen to me or they will judge me. But here I can say anything and people won't judge me. 

Question 2 

I go onto other peoples threads to help them with what they are going through and I try to complement the people that have helped me. also, I like to find information to help others that I know who are struggling. 

Question 3

I would like more people like you to be on the threads or just someone who is a professional because sometimes peoples do give really good help but I need some professional help without talking to them in person.

Re: What are the key ingredients of the RO community?

Aww thank you so much everyone! This thread is making me smile quite a bit Smiley Happy 

 

 

 

What do you need more of? 

 Perhaps more support when offering support for those who are really acutely distressed to the point they might harm themselves or others. I know that these posts are typically left to mods or ReachOut staff members but I really want to help these people out as I may want to become a mod in the near future. I'm just concerned on whether my response might trigger them in some way or whether my response would be helpful to them. 


@Esperanza67 that's a reaaaally good point! It's something i really want to focus on improving for you all over the coming months. For the record though, you're all amazing at the support you provide and the support you all provide is in no way triggering. There's much more to this conversation though that we need to work through with you all. Because we need to show how it's not triggering as well as helping people confident that they are providing the right kind of support- or at least as confident as they can be, because it's actually pretty natural to feel a little worried about your reply. Worrying is part of the wiring we have in the circuitry of our brains that relates to caring and empathising with people so it does just happen... and it's about being comfortable with just a bit of discomfort, knowing the causes, and that you're doing great. If that makes sense?  

Re: What are the key ingredients of the RO community?

Pariscat16 wrote:

 

Question 3

I would like more people like you to be on the threads or just someone who is a professional because sometimes peoples do give really good help but I need some professional help without talking to them in person.

 

Great suggestion @Pariscat16 i wonder if we could have more Infobuses or a place to ask experts questions about particular issues? We have had a bit of a go at this in the past, it's a little tricky to work out, but i am keen to see what i can do for you Smiley Happy With that being said, at least at this stage we want to be part of the solution not all of it, so we want to help people link up with experts as well as talking to us at the same time. So if you'd like we could suggest some people who are online professionals? 



 

Re: What are the key ingredients of the RO community?

What do you get out of being a part of the RO community?
Knowing that if I am going through a tough time the community always has my back and will always be a safe, non-judgemental space that helps me to have a more positive outlook on life! Heart Supporting others and being part of something as awesome as RO also makes me feel really good!! Smiley Very Happy

What are the things you enjoy doing to give back to the community?
I love supporting, chatting to and sharing things with other people on RO. I also love joining in on all the chats and games we have!

What do you need more of?
I'm actually not too sure Smiley Very Happy Keen to hear what other people suggest so we can try to implement it Smiley Wink

Re: What are the key ingredients of the RO community?

first off this isnt a small community @Ben-RO 

 

Question 1
there are a few things I get about being in the RO community. There are some very understanding people here. I can come on here, rant (within reason) rave, be happy, sad overwhelmed or whatever else MH has to offfer but I can do it here without judgement. People here really understand and are mpathetic even of they havent been through what ive been through. Not sure how many have been through cancer and the treatments involved but this community really stuck by me and helped me through one of the toughest things ive had to go through, one of the scariest things ive had to go through yet the community stuck by me.

I love the peer support here and it has allowed me to grow as well. Learn to really listen and think and come up with suggestions or ideas that I think might help and if I cant then I will offer my hand to hold or a shoulder to cry on to help them get through their tough times too.

I have found that im able to speak to people better and to have more confidence in speaking to those who are in need or are having a rough time.
I also like the light threads too where we can just chat and have fun.


Question 2

I really enjoy just being in the community. Being surrounded by people who care is a really big help. The thing I most enjoy is being able to be a peer supporter and help others who are in need or have tricky situations.

Questions 3

hmm I think the only thing really that I can think of is just abit more support and taught learning more skills to identify when threads are going to be too much for me, learning how to step out even if im the only one supporting and also learning distress tolerance skills for both myself and also how to implement those/suggest them to other memebers as well

Re: What are the key ingredients of the RO community?

Hi @Ben-RO.

 

What do you get out of being a part of the RO community?

 

 I get support for myself when I feel like I need to vent or solve a problem that is on my mind or when I'm struggling with my perfectionism and GAD.

I get a good feeling when I help others and I like knowing that I can and do make a small (maybe big) impact on people's lives just by talking on here. 

 

What are the things you enjoy doing to give back to the community?

 

 I enjoy talking to people about their hobbies and goals and really encouraging them to keep at it. I like to let people know that they are important and unique no matter who they are and that that is a good thing. 

What do you need more of?

I like more creative topic threads on all different topics and how to tackle problems we all may face. Advice on how to handle particular situations and personal stories are nice to read and talk about.