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#dchat For a Little Help From Your Friends?

As I was watching my twitter feed today, I noticed several tweets from people I follow using the #ppdchat hashtag.  This tag is used for postpartum depression, and while I am certainly no stranger to depression, I am definitely out of my league with that particular type.

One particular tweet caught my eye, tho.

@unxpctdblessing RT @MinnesotaJoY: Help is just a tweet away. Just use hashtag #ppdchat & the entire #PPD Army is here for u. You are NOT ALONE. #abcDrBchat

In the DOC, we use those words all the time, but this amazing support group has taken it a step further: using their #ppdchat as a signal that someone needs some help right then, right now.

As I started to realize what that really meant, it occurred to me that the DOC doesn’t really have such a mechanism in place.  We have #diabetes which we use to talk to spammers, #dblog when we write a blog post about something,  and #dsma when we see an advocacy or social media angle on something.

But when we’re just looking for a little support, we DOC members tend to just throw it out there and hope that some one will reply.  There’s usually enough tweeps around for us to at least get someone asking what’s up, but sometimes not.

I think we should take a lesson from the brave folks over at #ppdchat and start using #dchat when we just need a little help from our friends.  I think I will.

©2011 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and

  • Thank you so much for the mention. What a lovely thing to do. My father-in-law is diabetic but I never really thought about what that meant to him. I’ll be passing on your blog.

    I’m so glad that you are finding a use for the #dchat hashtag. It is so very true, help really is just a tweet away! I’m starting a #PPDArmy list as well, perhaps something like that might work for you?

    Many blessings to you.


    • Thanks Jo

      Actually the DOC (diabetes online community) is rather large and well-established with too many bloggers, tweeters to really keep true track of anymore, let alone the community sites

      I’m glad to see other conditions utilizing social media as a place for support as it has totally changed my life for the better

      Best of luck to you and the PPDArmy!

  • Lauren Hale

    As founder of the #ppdchat hashtag, it’s nice to see it inspiring people outside the realm of Postpartum Mood Disorders. What the hashtag has grown into is truly amazing. It’s a community available 24/7, globally, ready to lend support with love. Not once have I seen someone judged or hated with this hashtag. Not once! The PPDArmy is a phenomenal creation which has taken it’s own life.

    So glad to see that it’s inspiring to you! Wish you all the best and hope that #dchat comes to mean the same thing for your community!

    Lauren Hale
    (aka @unxpctdblessing)

    • That’s fantastic to hear, Lauren. The DOC is very similar in those regards toward it’s members

  • Jacquie Wojcik

    This is a great idea. I hope not to have to use #dchat soon, but I will definitely be spreading the word and keeping my eye out.

    • Thanks Jacquie! (lord I still have problems spelling your name right!)

  • I love this Scott. I will use it too and spread the word. 

  • Chris Stocker

    Awesome idea.  I will begin to use this.

  • Mike Hoskins

    What a great idea, Scott. Seems like such a logical extension to what we have in this community, and what an awesome idea to connect that support and Twitter-verse even more specifically when it’s needed most.

  • Yay for you! I’m glad that Lauren’s amazing #PPDChat idea took a life beyond just PPD related discussions. Having a resource like this for those in need of their own armies is an incredible support system and a great idea. I’m glad you took it on. My dad has diabetes, and I can imagine the extent people experience a need for extra support. He’s not internet savvy – but it’s great to hear it’s there if he were.

  • shannon

    thanks for sharing this idea, i think it will be very valuable if more people learn about it!

  • You, sir, are an amazing man & I’m so very glad to know you.  Love you!  Mean it!  🙂

    • thanks… but I hope you’re not on my grass while you’re typing that…

      Love ya too!