I'm a Peer Support Volunteer, AMA!
I've been a Peer Support Volunteer since 2015, and I'm here alongside the wonderful Deyesy
, Charlotte's Web
to answer any questions you have about who were are, and what we do.
To give a little background, the Peer Support Volunteers, or the PSV team, send responses to users who post about self-harm and suicidal thoughts and actions, encouraging them to talk to their friends and family about what they're going through, if possible, and to seek medical help from their GP or from A&E, depending on the severity of the situation.
Alongside this, we also encourage them to talk to Samaritans and Nightline to get further support, and it is explained to them why it was necessary for us to remove or edit their posts.
In short, ask us anything you want to know about the team and what we do! You can also send me a PM if there are any queries you have that you don't feel comfortable posting about.
Last edited by shadowdweller; 2 weeks ago
I would imagine you hear plenty of stories about the lack of MH services or people not getting the support they require when requested.
So do you find yourselves getting frustrated with the lack of preventative measures or resources available to people suffering with mental health conditions?
(Original post by thestudent33)
Do you have dbs checks? And do you get paid?
I'm not PSV
...but all members from Support Team and above (including PSV) undergo enhanced DBS checks.
It's a voluntary role.
Last edited by Blue_Cow; 1 week ago
What's the average delay between a thread being moved to the PSV bit of the site and the people in need getting a PSV response? Do you have a specified response time you have to meet?
do u have any formal training on dealing with mh problems. if not do u think u could do more harm than good. for exmaple u can say u should see this person or talk to those ppl. when really they should be consulting someone else
my question is, where can someone get training to provide more support to people presenting with the self-harm suicidal thoughts (like say they come asking for something but it transpires they have these thoughts / you cannot give them what they want as it can be problematic for them)?
Last edited by quasa; 1 week ago
you probably know this. why do people self harm do they enjoy the pain?
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Last edited by BurstingBubbles; 1 week ago