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Discussion in 'General Support and Advice' started by EmptyClosets, Mar 10, 2013.

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  1. EmptyClosets

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    Below is a list of threads in the General Support and Advice section that have been deemed helpful or important. Because there are so many, we've put links to them together in one thread, rather than having a bunch of stickies at the top of this section. We will post in this thread every time a thread is added to the list, so you don't need to constantly check for updates; just check the date of the most recent post in this thread. Be sure to check the stickies in other sections of the forum for more useful advice and information.

    If you want to suggest any threads that could be added, please post in Ask The Staff pointing us to the thread you found useful.

    PFLAG Publications: Information on PFLAG publications that you or anybody else you know may be interested in reading.

    PFlag Canada
    PFlag USA
    PFlag International

    Percentage Of Gay Population: A discussion containing statistics that show the percentage of the population that are gay.

    Children's Legal Advice (UK)

    Women's Rights (UK)

    YouthLine - Support for sexuality and gender identity

    Inclusion in the Workplace

    Anxiety UK

    Bipolar UK

    Mind UK (Depression)

    Mind Out (Queer Mental Health)

    OCD Action

    International OCD Foundation

    Homosexuality and Mental Health (resources for OCD, Bipolar, Depression, Substance Abuse, Self Harm, Suicidal Feelings)

    LGBT Youth and Mental Health

    Mental Health Videos

    EmptyClosets Individual Support

    The Trevor Project: Information on a website aiming to prevent suicide for LGBT youth.

    Gay Support Helplines: Contains links to support helplines specializing in LGBT.

    Crisis Text Line

    Pride Counseling

    Better Help

    Healthy Place

    International Sexual Assault


    YoungMinds (Youth)

    Online Safety

    Being Smart Online
    When on a website, or online in general, try to keep as much information as private as possible. EmptyClosets has a policy in place to ensure that ALL users are not using their full name or a previously used username on another site, which you should consider doing for all websites you join. Other information you should always keep private are:
    · Phone numbers
    · Exact location
    · Passwords
    · Names of family members

    When messaging or using apps, use a nickname that is different than your screen name. That way, if you find yourself in a situation that makes you uncomfortable, you can exit without having to worry about someone knowing your screen name (or real name) and track you down. When hanging out online, many people create private groups for friends to keep strangers out of private conversations with people you know.

    Keep online friendships online. Meeting online friends carries more risk because it’s easy for people to pretend to be someone else when you cannot physically see or talk to them. If you do meet someone online, bring a family member or friend to join you in the meeting, that way it’s harder to be taken advantage of.

    Cyberstalking / Cyberbullying
    Cyberstalking is stalking or harassment carried out over the internet. It might target individuals, groups, or even organizations and can take different forms including slander, defamation and threats. Motives may be to control or intimidate the victim or to gather information for use in other crimes, like identity theft or offline stalking.

    What can you do if someone is stalking, harassing, or cyberbullying you?
    1. First, if the harassment is attempted communication with you, tell the person to stop. Otherwise, they may not know they are harassing you. Never reply to harassing messages – except to tell the person to stop.

    2. Call the police to report the problem. Record the details of every incident, including time, date, places, who was involved, and what was said and done. Keep letters, notes, voicemail messages, emails, texts, instant messages, and social media and Internet posts. Give them to the police.

    3. If the harassment happens at school, report it to school authorities, as well as to the police. If it happens at work, report it to your boss (or co-worker, especially if the boss is the one harassing you,) plus the police.

    4. Report cyberbullying or other harassing communication to your Internet or cell phone company. Most companies have policies on acceptable use of their services, and can cancel the service of a customer who violates those policies. The company can also help police find a cyberbully who is using their network.

    5. If you get a harassing phone call on a landline, dial *57 immediately when the call ends. The phone company will record the phone number that made the call, so the police can get it. If you receive harassing calls on your cell phone, call the phone company for help tracking the calls.

    6. You can seek a civil protection order in court. To do this, you need legal help.

    Updated: January 2022
    #1 EmptyClosets, Mar 10, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 3, 2022
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