“I first found out about TheSite.org by chance. I wasn’t looking for it at all. I was reading the young people’s section on the channel 4 website and I found a link to The Site.org, and then to the forums.
I was under exam stress at the time, and I was just looking for something to distract me. On the forums, I read posts from people with user names like ‘Girl from Mars’ and ‘Turtle’ – they looked like fun people, so I signed up.
The people I met on the forums did comfort me a lot, and gave me the courage to go to the doctors to sort out my illness.”
After I had signed up I read a lot of posts that answered questions I’d had niggling at the back of my mind. I’d been upset, I’d put it down to the exams, but what I read on TheSite.org made a lot of sense, and made me realise things weren’t as simple as that. After my exams, my depression got worse, and I started to self harm, and the forums in particular were a great source of comfort. It was nice to know that I wasn’t alone in what I was going through, that I wasn’t alone in life, and that I wasn’t a freak for doing what I was doing.
The people I met on the forums also gave me the courage to go to the doctors to sort out my illness. I became friends with many people on the forums, some of them were very good friends in real life as well as on the internet, and I even ended up marrying one particularly pleasant young girl! My best man at the wedding was also from the forums.
I think TheSite.org has helped me to realise I am a good human being. As soon as I realised that I was able to move on, and I have done really well. I think the forums are still the most important part of the website, but other aspects like askTheSite are brilliant too. I got some great advice from askTheSite when my wife and I were having serious problems with our landlord.
Now I try to help others using TheSite.org by telling them about my life experiences, and helping them realise they aren’t freaks.”