Hello everyone. I hope you don’t mind if I share some thoughts with you. Apparently my two most recent posts have had a combined 69 views, but only two responses. I have noticed the same occurrence with other people’s posts also: many views, few replies. So I am wondering if anyone has any ideas as to how we might gently encourage a few more people to engage in the conversations taking place here. Admittedly, if we were all physically standing in the same room together I would definitely feel too intimidated to speak, but behind the relative anonymity of the Internet and the pseudonyms we all use, I would hope that the majority of us would feel comfortable enough to join the discussion. I believe that this wonderful site’s therapeutic value rests largely on the interaction of its members. I know I, for one, take great comfort from speaking with others who seem to comprehend something of what I am going through, especially when I cannot find that empathy and understanding in any of the faces I see every day. A number of my personal struggles are compounded by the belief that no one in “the real world” is paying attention to me, much less taking my “cries for help” seriously. So when one of my posts has, for example, “36 views” but only “1 reply,” this just reinforces my sense of invisibility and worthlessness. There are many wonderful, strong, caring individuals on this forum, and some are posting responses to others constantly (you know who you are!). I am sure this provides a lot of comfort for those reaching out for guidance, empathy and support. I think virtually all of us here try to listen to each other with a non-judgemental, non-critical open mind. So I hope that at least a few of you who may still feel a little reluctant to participate will decide to take that first step because - and please forgive this corny cliché, but it’s true - I honestly believe that, often, we most help ourselves by helping others. So many of us are fighting the darkness and our own personal demons every day of our lives, and those who are lucky enough never to have suffered from a mental illness have, through no fault of their own, absolutely no idea what we endure with every single breath we take. Therefore, it is so important that all of us on this forum try to reach out and support each other as much as we can. I want to thank whoever set up this site originally, as well as those who work so hard to keep it going every day. We are all looking for answers to ease our pain, and our salvation might just be each other.