Forum Guidelines and Disclaimer

Forum Guidelines and Disclaimer

Stockport and District Mind’s mission statement is “Stockport and District Mind strives to work towards a society where people who experience mental distress are supported in their recovery, empowered to reach their full potential, and they and their family/carers are free from stigma and discrimination.”

You all help us to promote positive mental wellbeing and work towards achieving the above statement. Without volunteers like yourselves Stockport Mind wouldn’t run how it does and be able to offer the flexible and innovative services that people within the Stockport community need.

Thank you for all that you do and the skills, versatility, dedication and compassion that you all regularly demonstrate. We fully appreciate that you are all amazing adults with respect for each other.

This hub is a space for all volunteers to interact and we are sure that it goes without saying that you will show the same respect and consideration on here as you do in your volunteering role.

Sometimes things can be misconstrued or misunderstood, the written word is not always as clear as we often like to think. That is the reason that we have sought to create these guidelines – to support healthy debate and positive questioning.

We are sure the below guidelines will not be surprising and will ensure we are all able to benefit from each other and share knowledge and interests. All the guidelines are supported by Stockport Minds policies and procedures and are meant to enhance and remind not replace.

Please note that these guidelines are not meant to be patronising or imply that any of you would act in the ways described – we value and respect each of you and do not mean to cause any offense.


Be polite: Don’t post anything which could be considered as offensive, abusive, harmful to others or hate speech.
Remain thoughtful: Don’t post anything obscene, sexually explicit or anything which could harm other volunteers.
Be courteous: towards each other. Don’t harass or trouble anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
Respect our hub: Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum. Keep the language, links, and images safe for all.

Please use these guidelines to help keep this a friendly place for discussion of mental health issues, and other issues of interest to our community members.

If you ever see anything on the forum which causes you concern, please report it by contacting the volunteer development worker, ASAP. If possible please include as much detail as possible.



Posts that are or appear to be: flaming, personal insults, attacks, innuendo, attempts at provocation, offensive or harmful material, religious preaching/proselytizing, opinions which are portrayed as facts, copyrighted material, swear words in the titles, racist, ageist, homophobic, sexist, disablist, obscene, intolerant of beliefs/religions, not in English, advertising (without prior permission), and spam are likely to be edited or deleted.

We ask members to note the following specific rules:

Research: Using the forum for research purposes is not permitted.

Discussing Moderation on the Forum: We do not allow the discussion of specific moderation decisions on our forum.

Termination of membership: We reserve the right to terminate the membership of any forum member.

Personal Safety: If this is of concern to you please report the posts, and give a reason why they should be removed. We do not allow the posting of photographs of members and / or their friends and families for privacy reasons.

We do not allow very offensive or harmful material, including explicit descriptions of self-harm methods, pro-anorexia posts and mention of specific suicide methods, such posts will be removed.

Links/Quoted Text: Links and any quoted text also needs to be accompanied by some thoughts / discussion / comments. For example: What is interesting / relevant / annoying etc about this article? Why have you posted it on the forum? What discussion would you like it to generate?

Other Important Things to Note:

Online Safety:

If you are ever concerned about your safety while using the volunteer hub please report the post or message which causes the concern. Doing so helps us make the hub safe for all our volunteers.


By using the Stockport Mind volunteer hub you agree that you are bound by our disclaimer and our terms of service.

Any advice posted in the hub is for support purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for advice by a qualified professional.

You agree, through your use of this hub, that you will not post any material which is false, abusive, harassing, obscene, threatening, invasive of a person’s privacy, or otherwise in violation of ANY law.

This site does not align itself to any one political, religious, medical or cultural bias.