I wish the NHS would stop suggesting Elefriends to vulnerable people.
Now, I don't consider myself vulnerable in the sense that people with emotional difficulties and low self esteem would be. I've been through every diagnosis and medication in the book, but now I have finally been diagnosed with PTSD, which as untreated and uncontrolled, seems to have been the problem all along. And I do have thick skin, and rarely get triggered.
But there are people who struggle with self injury every day, take overdoses every month, have multiple hospitalisations every year, and without validation, find it difficult to even get out of bed. Elefriends is a very toxic and dangerous place for them to be directed to.
It is a giant hugbox of depression and sadness. No constructive and well meaning advice can be posted without the 'Ele' removing it. Every minute, the feed of users posting is full of people being allowed to wallow, and putting that many people who are dangerously sick in one area is not helpful.
I deleted all of my social media a while ago because I realised I couldn't take seeing other people's portrayals of their amazing lives, and everything I saw, I would pose a photo of, and just sit there waiting for the likes and heart reacts. This quickly happened with Elefriends too. I watched and waited for the validation of other sad and desperately lonely individuals to roll in.
The NHS's lack of funds is partly to blame, as the majority of these people expressed not being given the treatment they needed. The NHS can't just direct people to a toxic echo chamber of mental illness because they can't afford to help them get better. A lot of people on Elefriends obviously do not go there for help, they are stewing in their problems and everyone else's. And it's not their fault. I blame the people who keep the purse strings so tight that the only option for people with no help and cannot do this on their own, are instead directed to Elefriends.