The Asylum Mental Health Network of depression and bipolar websites and chat rooms was born when www.mixednuts.netjoined forces with www.crazy-peeps.net to bring their vision of a supportive yet fun place for people with mental illness to socialize and get to know one another to a bigger community of people.
Born of Dissent
Both Mixed Nuts and Crazy Peeps came into being because their creators had bad experiences at other mental illness chats and decided to break free and make a better place for themselves and others to chat.
Bullshit-irc - MentalHaze - SaneSolutions
Additional servers were created by two users of the #mixednuts chat room. First, Bullshit-irc then, Mental Haze joined the Asylum network. The first three servers have their own chat rooms on the network, #crazy-peeps, #mixednuts, and #bullshit, with #crazy-peeps and #mixednuts being the main, most populated depression and bipolar chat rooms on the network at this time. SaneSolutions was added by the owner of Mixed Nuts to increase the diversity in geographical locations of the various servers.
Established and run by your peers
The inmates run the Asylum. There are four server owners, three of whom run chat rooms on the Asylum network. We work together to watch one another and take up the slack when necessary when one of us is having a bad time mentally. We have an odd man out voting system in place that we all agree on as a fail safe for network wide bans to make sure one person who is unwell or otherwise being unreasonable isn't left to make bad decisions that affect our entire network. We are not perfect but we all try our best to make a safe, fun, supportive environment for our users, which includes ourselves.
A new web chat and phone app based chat portal has been added as of mid 2020. The landing place when joining chat using them is called #matrix. This is the chat room where new people who join using the website or phone app will end up initially. Many regular users of #crazy-peeps and #mixednuts also use this room to chat so we envision it as a melting pot where new and old users can meet and get to know one another and unify the two oldest, established, chat rooms. While many people visit both #crazy-peeps and #mixednuts, having #matrix as the place where new web chat users and app users get introduced to our network allows us to complete our mission to join what we believe are the best two mental health chats online into one larger community for the enjoyment of all who choose to join us.
Come Grow with Us
With the addition of the Matrix chat we are hoping to grow our small community into one serving more people and ensuring that no matter what time of day, there are always plenty of people to chat with. Personally, I would find a huge chat room a little intimidating and too impersonal, so hopefully we will strike a balance between a robust chat environment and a welcoming closeknit family of users.
Webchat, Phone App, IRC Client
How you connect to the network is up to you and your comfort level using different apps. The easiest way is the KiwiIRC web chats which allow you log on by choosing a nickname or even just using the default name already filled in the blank.
More detailed information on joining the chat rooms can be found on the Connecting> page.
Links to the other websites associated with the Asylum Mental Health Network can be found on the Links> page.
Asylum Mental Health Network is a peer support network of websites and chat rooms. We are not medical professionals nor are we trained in crisis intervention.