The Mental Health Initiative on the FreeCompliments Community: Community Member Engagement!

in FreeCompliments3 months ago

A few days ago, I made a post creating the job offering of mental health ambassador for the community. We had an outstanding response and there were several people who opted to work the ambassador role on certain days of the week (we’re still ironing out all of the details). In order to provide a better reach for posts which may be overlooked, we’ve listened to user feedback and developed a strategy.

On a sidenote, I will admit… my writing style in the prior post was a little bit pissy, and while I do attribute that to a very difficult day, I should not have been taking it out on the community – alas, I’m an imperfect human with room to improve. I hope you can forgive this!

Community Support to aid our Mental Health Ambassadors

One of our members, @luchyl, proposed using tagging as a mechanism to engage more people to see posts from people who are suffering from a mental health issue and might need quick support. This would provide an excellent adjunct way of bringing additional people into the mix aside from just our dedicated mental health ambassadors. In case an ambassador is not around or can’t answer right away, this would give more people who happen to be online and interested in helping a direct opportunity to do so.

Thus, our strategy will be to tag all mental health ambassadors in addition to anyone who expresses interest in being tagged for such posts. Of course, responding to the tag would be completely optional. Just keep in mind that if nobody never responds, then we’ve missed the entire point of tagging!

The usernames of all people who request the tag will be collected and posted in the mental-health-ambassadors channel in our Discord, and possibly also included in a pinned post on Hive, just so all information is in one place – if you agree to this. This will provide a quick reference for our ambassadors (or anyone else who happens to catch a relevant post) to copy and paste and tag everyone who is interested in helping.

Please let us know whether you’re interested in being tagged!

Every additional person who gets tagged can be a resource to help out a person in need. The more people we have available at any given time of day, the more likely a quick response and engagement can be achieved.

As we grow in membership, we will hopefully have enough people volunteering to this job that the community can be a self-sufficient, constantly active hub for people to come seek help and get a fast response. This was one of the intentions of the initial iteration of the community on its prior platform, and with the dedication of the people I see here, I think we’ve got an amazing shot of achieving this goal with fewer people.

Guidelines to Help Address People in Need

Similarly to what I wrote in the prior post, you can always ask me questions about the proper approach to situations if you’d like. To reiterate some salient points:

Since every situation is different, there is no single proper answer. However, a key point to remember is to not be dismissive about the person’s concerns (i.e. don’t say, “don’t worry, this too shall pass” or something similarly generic that sounds like a feeble attempt to be positive without addressing the actual issue at hand).

Here are some useful guidelines which can help you.

However, you typically do not have to go to great lengths at the very beginning. Simply reaching out with a greeting and acknowledging someone’s difficulties can be a highly productive start in the process of helping them. This first step is sometimes the most significant one, and as such is the primary job of the mental health ambassador (or in this case, anyone who happens to be the first to respond to a post).

Increasing Visibility

In the near future, I aim to establish a specific account made to upvote and promote posts from people who are having mental health struggles. The goal of this account is not a financial incentive, but rather to increase the visibility of the post, as posts with higher rewards have greater visibility.

This account would be shared among our mental health ambassadors, who will have access to vote on such posts and promote them. Promotions would ideally be for no longer than 1-2 days, simply to increase the visibility of and address the acute problem.

There is no doubt that abuse of such a mechanism would be feasible. Over time, we’ll determine how to detect such situations and discourage them. However, catching someone who is genuinely struggling, and helping them, supersedes the importance of upvoting a false positive (and keep in mind that those votes still can be removed within a 7 day window).

What do you think of the idea of tagging individuals? How about the voting account for such posts? Are there any other ways that we can increase visibility of posts where time-sensitive help would be essential?

I would love to hear any and all opinions about these topics from everyone who is currently a member of FreeCompliments, since you’re all inaugural members! Anyone else who finds this page is also very welcome to voice their opinion. We’re all about free speech, and everyone’s experience has value.

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(If you were tagged, it’s because you’re an inaugural member – please let me know if you don’t want to be tagged and I’ll stop, pronto!)

More posts with further ideas incoming soon!

Disclaimer: FreeCompliments will be a beneficiary for this post, and I will attempt to boost it via Ecency points as well.

Here’s a permanent invite link to the FreeCompliments Discord!


To me, I think the suggestion proposed by luchyl is just genius. Tagging as many people as possible could help. These people may not only drop heartfelt comments but some of them can go as far as re-blogging the posts so that more people could see it and also come around. It helps a whole lot.

And the upvoting account specifically for this purpose is also a very good idea. It can be heartbreaking to write about something like that and get zero Hive in return. It also plays a part in helping the person in the crises.

For a second, I thought about dreemport and the visibility it brings to a post but then it wouldn't be right to coerce people in a crises to join and submit their post on dreemport. I haven't seen a community account owing a dreemport page before. I do not know how that works, but maybe you could be the first😅.

Apart from the dreemport part, the rest of the ideas are very feasible and would go a long way.

I would be interested to be among the tagged people. But would this tagging be on the person's post? Wouldn't that be a bit wrong?

We'd be the ones doing the tagging! Either leave a comment and then copy in the tags, or just leave the tags if we don't have time to comment (which, while less preferred, is still a way to get people engaged).

I'm not actually sure how Dreemport works. Never really looked into it, although I absolutely have heard of them. Think you could provide a brief rundown?

which, while less preferred, is still a way to get people engaged

Oh. Okay. Now I follow.

Think you could provide a brief rundown?

Here it goes..

Dreemport is like a platform (directly affiliated with hive) that brings visibility to a person's post. How? Everyday week day, a person logs in, curates five posts given to them and then they get the chance to drop their own post. Just like five posts were assigned to the person, five people are also assigned to read the person's post too. Dreemers are known for their heartfelt comments.

Here are a few YouTube videos by Dreemsteem explaining everything in details. You could check it out in your free time.

Do have a lovely day 😇

This is very good news, all together we will achieve a better reach to the publications of the members who need it.

I'm just coming across this community, and I would love to contribute my quota in any way I can. I love the idea behind the creation. Joining the discord server asap.

Wonderful! Let me know if you want to be a mental health ambassador or get tagged on posts.

By the way, don't forget to join the communityitself as a member. 😉

Thanks. I would love to be an ambassador. Helping people gives me joy. I derive pleasure from it. You know, when someone get the words needed to make him whole again, it goes a long way to keep the person on track. I joined the server yesterday. Happy to be a member.

It really is a very beautiful work @freecompliments, I hope you can help many people. I know very well what mental health problems are, I have family with it at the moment, even an uncle who committed suicide years ago, and I suffer from anxiety seriously, my escape has been hive, it has helped me a lot, what I do, its people....

A thousand blessings...

I would like you to understand that although I have not proposed myself to serve as an ambassador I could still offer myself in terms of labeling in your related publications since if I am not at the moment I could read or respond at any other time and if it is within my reach to provide that word of help.

We all know that sometimes help is not so useful from a distance and that words are sometimes not enough, it is a thousand times better to have a word of encouragement and not need it than to need it and not have it.

Quisiera que entiendan que aunque no me haya propuesto el servir como un embajador aún así me podría ofrecer en cuanto al tema de etiquetado en sus publicaciones referentes ya que si no estoy al momento podría leer o responder en cualquier otro momento y si está a mi alcance brindar esa palabra de ayuda.

Bien sabemos que las ayudas aveces no son tan útiles desde la distancia y que las palabras en ocasiones no bastan es mil veces mejor tener una palabra de aliento y no necesitarla que necesitarla y no tenerla.

•sigueme por acá•

This is a great and noble initiative. It is what makes a community, the care and concern for its members. All the best!

No sabia la existencia de una comunidad para estos temas !! un gran trabajo y sigan creciendo =^^=

Tagging people is not a bad idea as long one can get untagged :)

Well, each tag is a single occurrence (i.e. if I tag you @ghua right here, you'll see that tag just once, unless I tag you again somewhere else). Tagging for this is intended to be a recurrent thing, however.

It's a very nice ideal, tagging people in the post

Yay! 🤗
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Tener una mente positiva es necesaria para gym negocios etc