Participate in a free online forum and join discussions about serious mental illness with family members of people who have experienced these conditions.
The Recovery Trust has set up a moderated online forum so that family members can join discussions with others who are in the same situation. The forum is open to families who live in Colorado or to families of people with mental illness who live in Colorado.
The forum offers a secure online support group about serious mental illness and its management. Our participants share intimate details of their lives. Privacy and security, therefore, are the highest priority. Confidentiality is maintained by keeping our forum securely hidden from public view.
If you are a family member of someone with mental illness and you live in Colorado or if you live in another state but have a loved one who suffers from mental illness who is living in Colorado you can apply to be enrolled by visiting the Family Forum Registration page. You will be given a password and you may select a username—anonymous if you wish.
The online support group will provide support and education for participants who will have the opportunity to discuss issues with one another online with guidance from trained moderators.
You can join the support group at any time of the day that you're free and contribute to any topic of discussion that interests you. The moderators include mental health professionals, family members with experience of offering support and education to other families and someone who has experienced psychosis herself.
Moderators will ask new participants to introduce themselves, will participate in the discussions, and will direct forum users to relevant items in a large online library of information about serious mental illness and its management.
To enroll in the forum, we request that you watch a training video about the use of the forum at http://www.recoverytrust.org/videos.html. We also recommend that you view an informational video at the same location entitled "Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder: Richard Warner, M.D. and Julia Maximon, M.D. talk to Denver National Alliance on Mental Illness," to learn more about these two illnesses and their management. Then, visit the Family Forum Registration page. We will ask you to confirm that you have read the agreement. Please complete the form and let us know what you would like your username to be. You may choose one that allows you to be anonymous. We will follow up to enroll you with a temporary password that you may change to one that is more personal.
Disclaimer: The forum support group is not intended to be a direct treatment resource, but a supplemental source of information and support. If you have questions about treatment you should raise these directly with your treatment providers or your loved one's treatment providers. If you are in need of immediate help, please dial 911, go to the nearest emergency room, or call your local crisis hotline.
You can join the forum support group at any time of the day and contribute to whatever discussion topic interests you.
The moderators include mental health professionals, family members with experience of offering support and education and someone who has experienced psychosis herself