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Hi, my name is Colin123!

Colin123
Colin123 Member Posts: 49 Courageous
Hi, I am new on here and at present don't know what to expect or what's available  :)

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  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,464

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    edited October 29
    Hello @Colin123

    Welcome to the community, it's lovely to see you join us. 

    We have many discussions ongoing on the community, it might be worth navigating to the Discussions tab to see a list of everything that has been talked about recently. If you have any questions about anything then you are more than welcome to ask.

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  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Member Posts: 1,474 Pioneering
    edited October 29
    Hi @Colin123 I hope you enjoy being part of the Community. If you have any questions please ask. There are lots of discussions that you can join in and games in the Coffee lounge under Categories. Good luck.
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,914 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community Feel free to join in or ask any questions 
    I have professional experience in HR within public,  private, and charity sectors.  If I can help I will 
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 11,079 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Colin123 - & welcome to the community from me too. Please have a look around the forum, & join in with any discussions that interest you. You can also start other posts yourself, as well as just chat here any time. :)
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser Posts: 593 Pioneering
    Hi @Colin123

    Welcome to Scope's forum. It is great to see you have joined us. In response to your question, most broadly we aim to provide a supportive and friendly discussion space. More specifically, we provide a space where people can chat generally with each other (usually in the Coffee Lounge!) or about their experiences and any questions they may have. Would you like to tell us more about what you are hoping to get out of using Scope's forum? We may then be able to guide you to areas of the website you find the most interesting and useful. Take care for now and I will look forward to hearing from you again soon  :)
    I am a Scope volunteer. I have knowledge about the following subjects, gained through professional settings such as high level education or employment: autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, down's syndrome, social, emotional and mental health difficulties, assistive technology and education. Pronouns: She/her.
  • Colin123
    Colin123 Member Posts: 49 Courageous
    I was diagnosed as mentally depressed and put on pills and been awaiting counselling, was told recently I will have to wait until January / February 2022 for this...
  • Colin123
    Colin123 Member Posts: 49 Courageous
    Thanks Everyone for welcoming me, will take a little while to see how the site works , have made a post in craft and photography, love crafting and gardening. 
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser Posts: 593 Pioneering
    Hi @Colin123

    Sorry to hear this. You are right, waiting times can be long unfortunately for mental health care and support. Would you like to tell us more about how you are feeling? How is your medication going for you? - could you discuss this with your GP? Whilst waiting for counselling, you may benefit from other support services such as Mind (https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/depression/about-depression/), Depression UK (http://depressionuk.org/) and Shout (https://giveusashout.org/). We also have a discussion section dedicated to talking about mental health and wellbeing which you can find at https://forum.scope.org.uk/categories/mental-health-issues. Good luck with your counselling when it is your time, I hope it helps and I hope your appointment comes faster than expected. I hope this helps but if there is anything else that we can do to support you, please don't hesitate to let us know  :)
    I am a Scope volunteer. I have knowledge about the following subjects, gained through professional settings such as high level education or employment: autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, down's syndrome, social, emotional and mental health difficulties, assistive technology and education. Pronouns: She/her.
  • Charlie1973
    Charlie1973 Member Posts: 15 Listener
    hi,
    I just joined recently also.  I like craft and gardening.  I have found the site to be very welcoming, friendly and non-judgmental.. which is a breath of fresh air.  I hope you are having a nice day.  
  • Colin123
    Colin123 Member Posts: 49 Courageous
    My mental state is a long story, I had counselling last year too, I have issues with ex wife and finding it very hard to go out , I am still a National Trust member , I make plans to visit but cant get out the door ? since the beginning of the Pandemic and not being able to go out much with being extremally venerable, my children work in care homes so were unable to visit...I seem to have a mental block to going out , I have managed on about 8 occasions to go to local parks with woods with my camera, Now winter is upon us that affects my arthritis and fibromyalgia . I am a positive person but sometimes you cave in, I am in a good place at the moment, I would never thing of doing anything silly.
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 6,686

    Scope community team

    Hi @colin123 :) 

    As L_Volunteer has said, waiting times for things like counselling can unfortunately be quite long. It's positive that you're on the waiting list, though, so let's hope you get to speak to someone sooner rather than later.

    Did the counselling you had last year help at all? 

    I'm sorry to hear that you've been finding it difficult to get out. It can be especially difficult when there are a number of factors at play, such as the colder weather along with mental health reasons and of course the pandemic! 

    One thing I'd suggest is to plan smaller, more regular, trips out. For example, going on a short local walk, or nipping out to the shop and getting yourself a drink. Doing this on a regular basis could help you to get more used to going outside a bit more, and you could hopefully work your way up from there. 

    I'm glad to hear that you're in a more positive place at the moment :)
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  • Charlie1973
    Charlie1973 Member Posts: 15 Listener
    Hi, how is everyone this evening? 
    I don’t know if there is a chat facility on this site in real time (as most messages seem several hours or even days past?) 

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 24,839 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi, how is everyone this evening? 
    I don’t know if there is a chat facility on this site in real time (as most messages seem several hours or even days past?) 


    There's no "real time chat." You can private message someone once you've reached 25 posts. There's the virtual coffee lounge where members post various things. There's games in there that you can join in with too. Link is here. https://forum.scope.org.uk/categories/coffee-lounge

  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 6,686

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    as most messages seem several hours or even days past?
    What do you mean by this @Charlie1973? Posts and comments should appear as you send them but, of course, people don't always reply to stuff straight away. 
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