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    Project H.U.G.S. was formed to provide compassion, support and hope for those who have lost a loved one by suicide. Please help us maintain that culture.

    When we post on a public forum, anything we post might be identifiable by others if we include a recognizable avatar, user name, other names, dates, links or even a vivid description of events. For some this is not an issue, but for those who wish to remain anonymous it can lead to unwanted attention or even exposure to possible confrontation.

    This forum is designed for people 18 years of age and older. If you are under the age of 18, and in need of support after a suicide, please get into communication with your parents, teachers, school counselors, or other responsible adults who can help you find the specialized support you need.

    Certain words are offensive to some people. For that reason we have banned the use of a number of words and abbreviations for those words, and censor those that slip through the filters.

    GRAPHIC POSTS: New members join on a daily basis. Some are in a very fragile state. Many who come to this forum for support, are dealing with post traumatic stress. Debilitating emotions can be easily triggered by graphic descriptions. For this reason, we ask that some posts be edited when they seem to be too graphic or harsh.

    GOSSIP and SLANDER: Relationships sometimes become very strained following a suicide. Many survivors are hurt or angered by the actions of others and want (or need) to vent, single out others or assign blame. We believe these are issues that need to be addressed in a private rather than a public venue. We have set boundaries that do not allow gossip or slander. Being hateful or demeaning towards another may bring a moment of vindication, but in the long run undermines the healing process, not only for the person posting but for those reading and responding to the post as well

    ARGUMENTS & DISRESPECT for OTHER MEMBERS, MODERATORS or AOH Staff: Healthy discussions and respectful disagreements are welcome. Posts that are argumentative or attacking undermine healing and will be edited or removed. Challenges to policies should be made through private message to a moderator or administrator.

    ADVERTISING / FUND RAISING / PROMOTIONS: Project H.U.G.S. is an advertisement-free forum, funded solely though the donations of its members. We frequently receive requests from individuals and organizations to link to their sites, publish articles about their services, or promote their books and fundraisers. We respect the commitments of those asking, but generally decline these requests, in order to retain the advertisement-free character of the forum. Should you wish to make a post which advertises healing services, a cause or a fundraiser for another nonprofit, please request permission from

    RELIGIOUS CONTENT and DISCUSSIONS: Discussions of grief often include discussions of religion or spirituality. When posting about religion in this forum, things work best when we remember and respect that our community is comprised of people from diverse faith traditions. Please respect and appreciate individual differences. It’s fine to share that you find healing and power in your religious tradition, but please refrain from preaching, proselytizing or trying to convert others to your religious tradition in this venue.

    REQUESTS TO MEMBERS FOR PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH, INTERVIEW OR OTHER PROJECTS: In an effort to provide as healing an environment as possible, please do not post public or private messages before vetting of your project. If you wish to solicit participation of Project H.U.G.S. members, contact:

    REPORTING POSTS: If a post or private message concerns you, you can flag it anonymously, for moderation by clicking on the report icon (!) located within each post. You may also contact us at


    THIS FORUM IS NOT MONITORED 24 HOURS A DAY. WE CANNOT PROVIDE CRISIS SUPPORT THROUGH THIS FORUM. If you are feeling suicidal please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Call 1-800-273-8255 Available 24 hours everyday.

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