Compassion Alert cannot offer professional help, nor are we a substitue for it. The followers of this blog (the responders) are made up of individuals from all different backgrounds with different levels and types of experience. This blog exists to help others show kindness to those who are going through a hard time. While people have said that we have saved their lives, we cannot offer professional help to those in life-or-death situations. If your life is in danger, we urge you to call 911 or your local emergency number and seek help. You may also want to check out our emergency resources page or visit the helpful tumblrs page.
Following this blog is not for you if:
- You are easily frustrated with people.
- You think it’s okay to belittle or bully someone about their emotions, calling them selfish, stupid, or anything of that nature, telling them to ‘get over it’, etc.
- You are going to try and offer advice that you are not authorized to give (giving medical advice, attempting to diagnose people, etc.).
- You are going to send any type of hate mail or negative comments.
- You are unstable yourself and should therefore not be dealing with the stress of others.
This blog was not created to be an advice blog. This blog exists so the tumblr community can show love to those in pain, particularly those who are suicidal. It is not a form of treatment or a way to help everyone on tumblr play the part of a therapist. I cannot control the actions of the followers, who are the ones that respond to these alerts. If you fit any of the above descriptions, then you may want to re-evaluate your motives for following this blog.
Some other details you should know if you’re going to follow this blog with the purpose of responding to alerts:
- I’m aware that some of you have followed in order to be noticed so that your url will be posted.
I cannot check the blog of every follower to see if they are in need of help. I want every one of you to receive the help you need, so if you are following to be noticed, please, I urge you to click here and submit your url (minus the .Tumblr.Com part). No one will know if it was you who submitted it.
Talking to those in difficult situations can be stressful, especially if you’re dealing with issues of your own. Please do not ‘burn out’ while helping with Compassion Alert. If you are feeling stressed or frustrated, please take a break. Joining the facebook group is a good idea for every regular responder - there you can meet other responders, support each other, share tips, and call on others to help you in situations you cannot handle on your own.
Please don’t click on urls that are labeled with anything that might be harmful to you (ie. if you have an eating disorder and thinspo pictures effect you, please don’t click on listed urls that are marked “ED Trigger Warning”)
- The ‘Liking’ rule
It used to be really hard to tell who was responding to what alerts, or if anyone was at all. Even if people went to aid someone, the person could still respond privately and so their page wouldn’t reveal if anyone had been talking to them. So I ask you to ‘like’ the posts that they respond to, so everyone knows when someone has had a large response, a small one, or none at all. This way we can all work together to make sure each person is sufficiently reached. I ask that no one ‘like’ posts that they’re not responding to so it doesn’t mislead us and make us think someone has been assisted when they haven’t.
- Let’s not abandon the Lovies…
Reaching out to someone in a moment of crisis is an awesome thing to do, but recovery is a process and loneliness is not satiated simply by not being alone only when you’re at risk.
So if you have a spare minute sometime, please, come back to these links tomorrow, the day after, a week from now, and just check in. A little “Hey I was thinking about you; hope you’re doing better today” or a “Hi, I wondered if you needed to talk about anything” could go a very long way. You know how much you love unexpected inboxes - imagine how much better they feel to someone who thinks no one cares at all.
- We need this movement to move!
In case you didn’t read the FAQs, there is no ‘goal number’ of followers for this blog. I think having one would kind of take some focus away from what this is all about - helping those in need. However, there is a goal, and that is having a good response to each alert regardless of the hour it’s posted. In order to achieve that, more people need to know about this blog, because every current follower can’t realistically spend the amount of time needed in order to help each person from each alert.
If you’d like to promote Compassion Alert, you can use the below text or something similar:
Suggested text:Compassion Alert is a blog dedicated to alerting Tumblr users when another blogger is at risk of suicide, severely depressed, or is going through a tough time. To learn more about Compassion Alert and follow to receive these alerts, please click here to visit compassionalert.tumblr.com.
A few more tips:
- Read the FAQs linked on the blog before asking questions, please. Actually, you should probably read them before doing anything on here.
- If you want to browse the blog and decide to help someone whose alert can’t be found on your dash, please click on the date listed above it to open it in permalink setting and click the ‘like’ symbol to let us know you’re helping that person.
- If you don’t have time or for another reason cannot assist someone, you can still help by reblogging alerts or doing a promo on your blog. If you’re interested in doing a video about Compassion Alert, please let me know in the ask box!