Dear Dhamma Wheel,
I find the some of the following, which I was once directed to in a thread, and appears in the terms of service, disheartening:
-- Members who are suffering a serious mental illness should seek diagnosis and treatment from a qualified medical professional within their community. Members who are suffering from an acute phase of a mental illness, including intention to self harm and/or suicidal should seek immediate assistance. http://www.befrienders.org/index.asp
-- Members who are experiencing an acute phase of mental illness or suicidal ideation welcome to seek referral to medical and crisis services from administrators and moderators.
-- Members are asked not to use Dhamma Wheel as a platform to express intentions of self harm or suicide, the experience of voices or other hallucinations or other artefacts of acute mental illness.
-- When encountering a member suffering an acute episode of a mental illness, we should treat that member with compassion and refer that member to medical/emergency services within that person's community and to Dhamma Wheel staff.
The third section is fine I just included it because that's how it's displayed. I guess I'll go through this point by point.
"Members who are suffering a serious mental illness should seek diagnosis and treatment from a qualified medical professional..." Many people who are diagnosed have worse lives because of that diagnosis, many are significantly harmed by treatment, and psychiatry very much harms the lives of many. Many reports from people with experience in this area indicate this, as do some studies by "professionals." That people are encouraged to ubiquitously point people down this potentially very harmful path, discouraged from warning them about the dangers, blindly looking to those labelled professionals, is, I think...crazy.
The second section is similar. It might be sensible if people were asked to refrain from all sorts of advice regarding mental illness. However, as it stands, people are asked to forgo any honest advice they might have and only point people towards professionals.
The fourth section is similar.
Particularly strange to me, given that this forum caters to people who appreciate the dhamma, is that the dhamma is not recommended as a cure to mental illness, that capable monks are not listed as agents of help, and that professionals, who often use methods quite contrary to the dhamma, are suggested.
On a final note there is (no small amount) of evidence that modern psychiatric care intensifies and prolongs the very things they intend to help. There are many similar points that can be made, but I think for now I'll leave my case at this.
Please respond if you care to.