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17 Nov 2004

Just as a matter of interest, it is now 15:37 and since this morning 19 postings were placed on this forum. Of the 19, exactly 14 are reslationship related and has absolutely nothing to do with mental health. This has been a fairly routine pattern on this forum.

Since there are so many people out there with relationship problems, what is the possibility of creating an "Agony Aunt" forum as opposed to wasting someone like CS's enormous talents and education on having to respond to postings like "me and my boyfriend have known each other for three months now and I think he doesn't like me anymore - what am I doing wrong?

Relationships are important and people need advise on relationships on a daily basis - come on guys, the demand is there, imagine how your hit rate will increase once people realise they can get a quick reply from the Health 24 webpages as opposed to writing to some aunty at a magazine.

Please consider.
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01 Jan 0001

Excellent thought, Lucia. When I first conceived of this service, and when we first started it, we didn;t plan for me to become an Agony Uncle ! We will discuss and consider this, over time. Certainly the amount of time the forum is taking me is far beyond anything any other specialist here has to provide, and I grow anxious at times that it delays my responding to more serious and urgent matters, to have too many "agony Aunt" problems. Yet one can't easily draw a line between genuine mental health issues and whatever you might call the Agony Auntie problems. I think genuine Relationship problems, probably usually belong here. Maybe the "my boyfriend didn't reply to my SMS today" problems don't belong, as they're often due mainly to immaturity and over-valuing tiny matters. Maybe we need a Cell-Phone auntie, to deal with all questions relating to Cell-phones and SMS ?
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