About the Encouragemint Forums
Welcome to the Encouragemint Forums
The Encouragemint Forums are designed to be a place to find, receive, and share emotional support from and with others. We all have struggles in life and all go through difficult times. Sometimes those closest to us cannot relate. Sometimes we may be
embarrassed. Sometimes we just want or need an outsider's perspective on a situation. Whatever your reason, if you're looking for support or interested in providing support to others this is the place to do so.
Encouragemint works hard to maintain a safe, comfortable, and supportive online community. It is our goal that all new users and members feel welcome and that returning users and members will continue to find benefit from the community. Click here to visit the forums now.
Why Use the Forums?
Not only are The Encouragemint Forums a great place to find support and encouragement, but they also offer a number of other benefits as well. For example, the forums are professionally monitored. This means that in addition to having moderators who help to move conversations along and report any issues that come up, we also have a trained and licensed therapist regularly reviewing the content posted. This helps to provide an additional layer of safety, guidance, and protection.
Additionally, the Forums allow you to discuss personal matters in an anonymous manner. You have the freedom to create a username and use an avatar (picture) that allows your true identity to remain hidden.
Whether your live in a major city, the suburbs, or a small town where everyone knows each other and the nearest neighbor is miles (or kilometers) away, it doesn't matter. If you have access to the Internet you can participate.
While Encouragemint is based in The United States, we have had users and members from around the world. There is something special about our community that attracts people, allowing them an opportunity to reach out to others who may have already gone through and overcome something that you're just beginning to deal with now. Through the Forums, you can also connect with others who are right in the middle of the same struggle as you, reminding you that you're not alone. You can even give back by helping someone else who is currently dealing with an issue that you've already dealt with.
Participating in the Forums can offer you proof that other people have been down this road before and survived. We can offer suggestions to help keep you moving forward and remind you not to give up. We can offer treatment ideas and approaches that you may not already be familiar with, a real world example of somebody who has had some success dealing with your issue, and an opportunity to get some feedback and bounce ideas off of others.
We also recognize that some issues can't be solved and have no easy answers. For those we offer support and compassion, and hopefully some thoughts on coping. At Encouragemint, we may not have all the answers, but we're here to listen, here to support and encourage, and here to walk with you along the way.
Below you'll find definitions for some of the most commonly used website forum terms.
Forum - An online discussion; a place where people come together to post messages about a common subject. The word forum can refer to both the compilation of all subjects and threads (the entire message board) or a category of subjects and threads.
Thread - A single conversation (consisting of a series of messages or posts) that takes place within a web forum.
Post - A single message regardless of length written by a single individual within a single thread. Also as a verb, the act of writing a message and in doing so either starting a new thread or continuing an already started conversation.
Users - Individuals who read and/or write in the forums regardless of how active they are and whether or not they post their own messages.
Members - Individuals who have registered for an account having created a username for themselves which allows them to post messages in the forums.
Moderator - A member who has been granted additional privileges and responsibilities. In addition to being an active participant in the forums, moderators can edit and remove inappropriate posts and act as a representative of the larger organization hosting the forums.
Administrator - An individual who is a representative of the organization hosting the forums. Administrators are not typically active forum participants and spend most of their time working behind the scenes.
Not the Original Forums
If you're a previous member of the Encouragemint Forums you may be wondering what happened. If you're a new user of the Forums or just recently discovered us, you may not be aware that we were once a very active and vibrant community.
Back in 2012, we first launched a series of forums where users offered and received emotional support, encouraged one another, shared their stories of success, and even sought ways to help each other in a more hands on way such as by editing someone's
resume, helping to do research online, and even brainstorming ideas for a party or romantic evening.
Unfortunately because of technical, financial, and a series of other reasons we were unable to keep the forums up and running. However those issues have all since been resolved and although it means that we lost the content from the previous forums, we have since been able to re-launch the forums and hopefully we can once again put together a great community of supportive and encouraging users.