More ideas for how you can help
The core principle for helping out at the wiki is to do what excites you. Everyone is different, and will enjoy volunteering for different projects. To learn more about some big and small ways to help out visit More ideas for how you can help. Whether you want to start your own support group, write letters to your doctor, or simply edit the wiki, all forms of volunteerism are helpful.
It can be nice to have a list to use as a starting point, though. The following are some tips and ideas for ways to become involved with our organization. Do you have another idea on how to volunteer? Post a thread about it in our forum, and we can begin to discuss how to turn your idea into a new project.
Participate in the Community
As a peer-led organization, the PTPN relies on its members to help sustain its various programs. Below are a few roles needing volunteers:
The PTPN's discussion forum is a place for people suffering from PPD/TMS to provide and receive support from other TMSers regarding the recovery process. PPD/TMS practitioners also post on the forum.
Click here to create an account on the PTPN's discussion forum.
Webinar moderators help run the chatroom portion of special webinar events and relay any questions raised in the chatroom to the webinar's host.
Click here to learn more about becoming a webinar moderator.
The Practitioner Survey Response Team is in charge of posting practitioners' professional survey responses on the Wiki. Members of the team also add that practitioner's information to the Find a Practitioner list.
Click here to learn more about joining the Practitioner Survey Response Team.
In the past, the PTPN's members have organized several in-person support groups both in the United Kingdom and in Boston, Massachusetts. As our community continues to expand, so will the need for other local chapters. The Support Group Organizer may start a local chapter, or can opt to take a leadership role by organizing meetings in an existing chapter.
Click here to learn more about organizing a local TMS support group.
Our Q&A with an Expert program contains detailed answers by TMS practitioners addressing common TMS-related questions. Q&A Liaisons work closely with practitioners, identifying and then proposing questions for practitioners to respond to.
Click here to learn more about becoming a Q&A Liaison.
Examples of "Doing what excites you."
Because the wiki is entirely run by volunteers, we want the process of contributing to the wiki to be as rewarding as possible. Hence, one of our mantras is, "Do what excites you!" Some examples of this philosophy are:
- HilaryN, who was giving presentations about TMS in the UK for several years before the wiki was founded realized that we needed a page on Promoting TMS Awareness, so she created it. Pages linked to from it now make up one of the main sections of the wiki. She speaks several languages and wanted to spread the word about TMS to other countries, so she also created the TMS en Français, TMS no Brasil and SMT Síndrome de Miositis Tensional pages, eventually helping to recruit LeylaLuz, who helped with the page and posted the first Spanish-language TMS Success story (at least that we are aware of).
- Pandamonium felt like a good list of TMS books was important, so she adopted that page (enlisting help from Peghanson) and made it into one of the best pages on the wiki. Wanting the wiki to be as friendly to newcomers as possible, she also made important contributions to the An Introduction to TMS and So You Think You Might Have TMS. Wanting the wiki to be visually inviting, she chose graphics for the home page and created the banner at the top of every page.
- Peghanson felt that it was important that people who posted questions in the Q&A with an Expert section got prompt responses, so she has taken the lead in managing how the questions are sent out. She attended the first TMS conference in Ann Arbor and is the treasurer of the TMS Educational Working group that is hosting the second annual TMS Conference in LA. She also helps manage some of the email that comes into the wiki, making sure it doesn't slip through the cracks.
- MatthewNJ is a patient of Dr. Sarno's and found the alumni panels to be extremely helpful. He wanted to organize similar events for people who didn't live in LA, so he and Peghanson organized a live panel for people to share their success stories online.
- TMSAndrew felt that research about TMS is crucial to winning people over to our approach, so he gathered information about TMS relevant researchers and wrote many of the summaries that we use in our Medical Evidence page. He also wrote many of the original blurbs in our Find a TMS Doctor or Therapist page so that readers can easily find some of the most important information about TMS practitioners without clicking through to a new page.
- Forest gets excited when he sees other people doing projects that excite them, jumps in and helps out most active projects.
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