Social meetings can provide a valuable source of comfort and guidance for people with Addison's Disease. However, to ensure that these meetings are safe and supportive spaces, it's important that all participants follow our house rules.

Confidentiality: Respect each other's privacy and confidentiality. Anything discussed in the group should remain within the group.

Listen actively: Listen to each other with an open mind and without judgment. Avoid interrupting or talking over each other.

One person speaks at a time: Allow each person to speak without interruption or interjection. Everyone should have an opportunity to express themselves.

Respect diversity: Everyone comes from a different background and has different experiences. Respect everyone's beliefs, values, and opinions.

Avoid giving advice: While sharing experiences and insights can be helpful, refrain from giving unsolicited advice. Every individual's situation is different. If someone asks for advice about Addison's do share ADSHG website resources that might help. Our website materials have been approved by our Clinical Panel and can be shared with confidence. Before taking any action as a result of an ADSHG social meeting, attendees must discuss the advice with a healthcare professional. Please don't discuss alternative / holistic therapies at our social meetings. 

Be mindful of time: Allow each person an opportunity to share their experiences within a reasonable time frame. The facilitator can help ensure everyone gets a chance to speak.

Be supportive: Offer support and encouragement to each other. Show empathy and understanding for each other's struggles.

Stay focused: Keep the discussion focused on the topic of the group. Try to avoid getting sidetracked or discussing unrelated issues.

Maintain a safe space: Everyone should feel comfortable and safe to express themselves. Bullying, harassment, or discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated.

Respect boundaries: Respect each other's boundaries and avoid discussing personal topics outside the group, unless explicitly agreed upon.