New! Teen Talk – an online chatroom for teens with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions
Get excited! We now have a place where you can jump online and chat with other young people who “get it”. Teen Talk is a safe space for people between the ages of 13-20 currently living with a musculoskeletal condition or chronic pain.
Conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system include juvenile arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, back pain, Perthes, lupus, scleroderma, mixed connective tissue disease, hypermobility syndromes and many more! Musculoskeletal may sound like a big word but put simply it’s anything to do with the bones, muscles, joints, cartilage, ligaments and bursae in your body.
We know from experience that teens are a hard group to reach through traditional methods. Too old for days at the zoo or trips to the movies, they easily ‘slip between the cracks’. An online support community speaks their language and is a natural progression from the online world that they’re already part of.
Teen Talk will be running on our own private server through the online portal ‘Discord’. Discord is an instant messaging and digital distribution platform designed for creating communities. Users communicate with voice calls, video calls, text messaging, media and files in private chats or as part of communities called “servers.” The program is free to use.
For young people, run by young people! Our server is being administered by a number of our young ambassadors (thanks guys!), and overseen by MSK staff.
Teen Talk has established our own private server through discord where users are invited to join and agree to follow a set of rules. You can see how discord works by clicking on the link below:
How Discord Works in 148,000 Miliseconds or Less
There’s also some good information on safety and frequently asked questions for parents so check that out here:
Discord Safety Center
For young people, run by young people! A huge thanks to our young ambassadors, Thalia and Damien who have stepped up to run Teen Talk.
So, what are you waiting for?! Come chat with us and share your story!
We like to make sure everything’s hunky-dory so if you’re under 16, you’ll need to complete this form with your parent/guardian details first.
Need more info?
For more information get in touch with Buffy at firstname.lastname@example.org