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Expert chat: Enthusiastic Consent & Conditional Consent (Wed 21st February)

Hey everyone!

On Wednesday 21st Feb at 6.30pm, Sarah our expert, will be running an expert chat about Enthusiastic Consent and Conditional Consent.

Sarah is the co-founder of Scarlet Ladies, a community of women with the aim to destigmatise and normalise the conversation around female sexuality.

Suffering from post traumatic stress disorder after experiencing a number of traumas, including rape, Sarah is reclaiming her body by engaging in bodybuilding and powerlifting. Taking back control of her sexuality, she is currently remaining abstinent. Working and campaigning with other women for the sexual empowerment of women has been an integral part of her healing journey.

Come along and join us! Find out more here
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Vanilla features: have your say

As we move to our new boards software, Vanilla, we'll have a few new features at our disposal. We're keen to hear what you all think about them, so head here to have your say over how we'll use (or not use) some of the new features. Fill out the form before Wednesday the 21st to tell us your thoughts and have the option of joining our testing team!
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The Great Boards Migration

Great news! We're moving to new discussion boards software. Head here for the full announcement.
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Post of The Month

One-in-a-million is our Post of The Month winner voted by the community for the following post:

"Just a bit of fun here if you could create an advent calendar what would you put in it and why.

For me you would still get chocolate 😆😆
But inside each door is a task for the day. Something that includes you helping/talking to others, doing something festive and spreading Christmas cheer
For example

1. Tell your parents/carers you love them
2. Say hello when passing an OAP (that might be the only thing someone says to them all week)
3. Watch a Christmas movie
4. Help someone in need e.g put some spare change in a charity box, buy a warm drink for the homeless person who sits on the corner, dothe washing up ha ha ha😂
5 make hot chocolate
6. Visit your grandparents (if you donít already) They will more than likely love to see you.
7. Sing a Christmas song with a friend
8. Dress up in something Christmasy when you do your shopping.

You get the idea 😂😉 my reason for this is to get people in the mood and understand what Christmas actually means.

What would yours have and why."
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Ride it out or sort it out?

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  • Ride it out or sort it out?

    Hi guy long time no speak.

    Just lately Iíve been feeling so ďmehĒ with a lot of things. Itís mainly late on night time same as now but I can feel ok/normal when Iím busy such as Work or engaged in something but other than that when I have time to think, something just doesnít feel right I feel quite low and question my self. Something like Am I really happy in life?
    (I am not suicidel)

    Iíll admit it hasnít been the best of years this time round I lost my nan in February

    In all honesty I donít even know what to say in this thread.

    I have had the implant in recently so idk if that is possibly playing a role in my mood atm

    I donít know wether to see if it settles down since Iím not constantly feeling like crap or does it need looking into?

    I know no one are medical professionals on here but yeah what do you guys think?

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    Hey. Hope you are doing okay?

    I completely understand what you mean about feeling low mainly at night. like you said, It is probably because you have nothing else you need to be doing then and so have more time to think. Is there anything you could do that makes you feel slightly happier during this time (watch a film, read etc..)?

    Do you know what is making you feel this way? I know you mentioned losing your nan which must have been really hard for you and Iím very sorry to hear that!

    Iím not too sure what would be best for you to do in the situation but i would say it would be best to speak to someone like your gp because they could tell you for sure if it does need looking into more and even if it didnít, it would put your mind at rest a bit? I know how hard it can be seeing someone though so just make sure you do what feels right for you.

    Remember you can also always come to the board to get support and to chats as well.

    Let us know how things go? Iím sorry if this didnít help at all, I think I rambled a bit but I tried...

    Esme x
    Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations


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      Hey One-in-a-million,

      Long time no speak indeed! It's good to have you back
      It's completely normal to have ups and downs with how you feel! I experience the same as you sometimes. When I'm not busy, I can sometimes feel low because it gives me the chance to overthink a lot of things! This doesn't necessarily mean that you should constantly be busy because it is important to be happy even when you're taking some time out or you're alone. If you find that it happens more and more often or for longer periods of time then you could consider speaking to someone who has more expert advice, but it's really good that you've identified how you're feeling and that you're aware of it!

      In terms of the implant, as Esme17 said, it is probably a good idea to visit your gp and ask or call 111 and ask them there! If the implant does have an impact on mood then the GP can let you know if there is anything you can do about it.

      But overall, if you feel like this isn't affecting you continuously maybe see how you're feeling in a week for example and if it persists, do check it out! Just remember, it is completely okay to have off days! We all go through crappy times emotionally and mentally; it's mainly a cause for concern when it persists and stops you from functioning normally in your day to day life

      Have a great day



      • #4
        Thanks guys Iíve actually been feeling quite a bit better since I posted this. I think Iíll keep an eye on it for now but may still look into the implant side effects

        Thank you


        • #5
          Thank you both

          Ive actually been feeling quite a bit better since I posted this.

          I think Iíll keep an eye on it for now but might look into the implant symptoms a bit more

          Thank you Xxx


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            Sorry it told me there was an error thats why there is 2 replies


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