asked byon 2/28/19
Healthful Chat is legit. Many of the negative reviews here are not. The wording and that names have been changed, but reviewed with the same content and on the same day, are indication the same person keeps reviewing. Myself personally am a Healthful Chat chatter who has used the site for several years and been helped by it, rather than a "sponsor" (whatever that is) as I've been accused of here. All the negative reviews are obviously disgruntled chatters who have been asked to follow the rules by moderators and now have a vendetta against the site. Use the site properly and follow the rules, respect the mods and room assistants, and you will get help from Healthful Chat.
I see your type in Healthful Chat consistently and what you're doing in this review process is very apparent. I've even seen disgruntled chatters go to reddit and request people to join them in trolling stayathome78, forever and one other moderator. Very pathetic.
Is Healthful Chat Dot Org a legitimate site?
That would depend upon your definition of legitimacy.
It is moderated by chatters with no clinical experience or knowledge of group theory or practice.
There are a handful of moderators who appear to do their best despite lacking knowledge in mental health. These would include: bros, sage, swamptoast, cally, Tranquil Spirit and a few others.
Then there are several who are so damaged and confused that they should not be modding at all. These would include cgj, susi, purplemama and Rosie who is essentially cognitively impaired.
But the most concerning would be Forever, Jameson and StayAtHome (who now goes by FromMyHands). These three are probably the most maladjusted chatters to rise and manipulate themselves into the roles of mods. This sad little trio abuses power, carry petty resentments / jealousies and enact hostility toward the more successful and confident chatters, who still somehow remain at this site. They egg each other on as cited by others who have replied. Then when they do not exact desired results, they either sulk or beg for hugs and affection from the lower functioning chatters. When Forever and Jameson fail to comprehend a topic they order the room to "move along." StayAtHome's typical reaction is to reply with bitter jealousy and spite.
One would expect group facilitators to model some sort of knowledge, dignity and poised behavior. But this is not the case at HFC, sadly.
I would have to conclude that if your benchmark is the "Blind leading the blind, then perhaps Healthful Chat is legitimate.
Is Healthful Chat legit?
It depends upon your definition of legitimacy. This site is not endorsed by the AMA, APA, ACA or any other clinical board that I know of.
The moderators are untrained in group theory and practice. Nor do they demonstrate any sort of diagnostic or clinical education or experience. They often give dangerous advice and are prone to the pathological "acting out" of their own diagnoses.
Modding at this site is inconsistent. Some mods do their best, I suppose. These would include: Cally, Tranquil Spirit, Sage, Parcival and sugarbwainz.
Swamptoast and cgj are both stroke patients and often appear erratic and confused. Susi also has good intentions but also demonstrates uneven and confused behavior. Rosie is functionally $#*!ed.
The three most dangerous mods seem to be Forever, Jameson and StayAtHome. StayAtHome now goes by the nick of FromMyEyes; for some reason he felt the need to change his identity it appears. Anyway apparently these three have experienced personal, educational and psychological downfalls in their own lives. They are often bitter toward confident chatters, from what I notice, while at the same time clamoring for the attention and affection of more low-functioning chatters. These three seem to feel threatened by more seasoned and knowledgeable chatters. When a topic is above their own fund of knowledge, each one of them has been observed to shut down the conversation, while at the same time discrediting the contributing chatter.
The chatters themselves offer more quality to the site than those who admin or moderate the site. From my understanding, HFC operates from Provo, UT -- but the details of the organization are shrouded in such secrecy, so I could be wrong.
So, is this site legit?
You be the judge.
It's more a way for healthfulchat to make an income than a scam, the false advertising about how great it is in my opinion is a scam though. They have low star ratings here for a reason, read some to find out for yourself. Also read the site sponsor reviews here as well, I'd call those scam worthy.