Please do not come to The Kaleidoscope while you are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. We are an informal self-help support group, operating with the intention of creating a safe place for people to come and connect with others who may be going through similar issues, and our hope is that users of the group will cooperate to sustain this sort of environment. As a corollary, any harassment within the group will not be tolerated.
Out of respect for all group members, please be mindful of other’s privacy concerns. This means that what happens in a group meeting remains in the group meeting. Users are encouraged to form connections between themselves, but such connections must be mutually agreed upon. We stress privacy because many individuals, because of stigma, are hesitant to reach out for support let alone be willing to disclose any mental health concerns they may be experiencing. As already mentioned, our hope is that group participants actively ensure that privacy is preserved in order to sustain our vision of having a safe, private community for participants to connect with without the fear of repercussions.
None of us at The Kaleidoscope leaders are trained professionals – in fact, we are just a handful of individuals who are unhappy with how mental illness is perceived and distorted through misinformation. That being said, we will not be giving out medical advice. However, we will not turn anyone away without making a concerted effort to point them in the right direction, if requested.