honestly wish there was a better system for mh(-) stuff than finally working up the courage to post something and then hoping someone actually clicks on it and then maybe says something reassuring if you're super super lucky but probably not

would honestly love a little thing on masto where you just flag how you're doing with a color and if you're having a really bad time people know to check up on you or at least ease up on the "haha what about this bad quality you have" teasing jokes

like i've gone to advocacy stuff with my dad because autism runs in our family and a lot of the time they have these little traffic light color stickers for

green: hi i'm social
yellow: take it slow please
red: nothing personal but stay away

and like man idk that feels like it'd be so much easier for anxiety/depression stuff than having to file it under mh(-)


like it could just be you put one in your profile name like

🔵 / ✅ doin good ayyyyyy

⚫ /⚪ hanging in there but maybe say a nice thing if you have the energy

⛔ /🚫 /🔴 doin real bad please be nice and give me space if i ask

⚠️ / 🆘 having a crash please be nice and/or assist if you're up for it

like that way all the triggering detail stuff is still under an mh(-) CW but also you can still safely share your status and know what's up with friends

also it normalizes it a bit since you can also use these if you don't have anxiety/depression/etc but you do need people to be aware of your status idk just sayin

iunno if it'd ever catch on at all but i think it'd be at least a little helpful, idk


@tinytoydragon that's possible but i'd still say put mh/mental health in there too, some people filter by keyword or wouldn't know about this post i made because i'm literally nobody ahaha

@Kat (and that post with the cw was more of a demonstration that emojis would work fine)

@Kat just saw this and honestly it seems VERY helpful. thank you for this. I plan to start using it, myself.

@MmeLibertine iunno if it'll ever catch on and idk if anyone i know even notices it but it's a tiny bit cathartic to have somewhere to put it and that's neat

@Kat I like the idea of going beyond just the no context "mh(-)," I get not wanting to put triggering stuff in the CW but plainly stating stuff like this is basically always good IMO.

Doing it post-by-post kinda has a different feel/effect to a profile status, but it also seems real useful?

@rockario yeah def, i could totally see it being useful in CW labels as well as profile names

@Kat The CW gives a hook for folks to engage with, as opposed to a non-post "I could use someone to talk with." Trade off being that the hook might stick around beyond the need/mood.

@Kat But I'm also coming from a place where I never have anyone talking to me unprompted, so I don't know about the use cases "I could use a break from interaction for a bit"

@rockario i feel it'd be less "don't interact at all" and more "be gentle and also if i don't reply to you, it's nothing personal i'm dealing with stuff"

@Kat TBH, I like "if I don't reply it's nothing personal" being the default all the time.

@Kat may i suggest pinning this to your profile also i hope you feel better soon youre real good ily

@Kat thank you, this resonates so much with me.

@PsyChuan go for it tbh, if it helps people i'd love if it caught on a bit for them

@Kat I've always thought forum systems should have the ability to color code your message based on mood / intended tone and this feels similar, I like it

@Kat I remember suggesting a 'status' system similar to desktop IMs for Fedi and figured we could use meta tags for it - using the name field does work with existing client support. :blobcatthinking:

@Kat I've been doing energy/pain/mood posts when I'm having a badish day.

Like: Pain levels are at (usually an emoji bar)
Energy levels are at :battery_low:
Mood is at 🌧️
But having it in your user name is kinda awesome.

Lyn Thorne🍂 Alder :battery_low:

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