Welcome to MYCOHP
MYCOHP, Minor and Youth Children of Hoarding Parents, is a safe, understanding, peer support group for minors and youth up to 21. It’s a place to meet and connect with others who share similar experiences growing up with hoarding. University students and other young adults often struggle to gain independence, you are most welcome here as are younger tweens struggling with these challenges.
More resources and groups for COHPs struggling with aging parents and the aftermath of a hoarded childhood here:
Before we continue, this is important:
If you have an emergency, please get help!
- Peer groups cannot solve a crisis or respond to emergencies.
- If you are in immediate danger, please call 911 in North America, or the appropriate emergency number in your country.
- If you are having suicidal feelings, please contact a hotline, like the following:
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
- Hopeline (Suicide Prevention): 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
- Hopeline: Text “HOPELINE” to 741741
International Suicide Prevention / Depression Support
Privacy & Confidentiality
When you post messages, your email address will be visible to other members of the group.
- Some people are comfortable sharing their identities online. We urge you to choose an alias/email address that does not include your real name or other personal information in it, e.g., just your first name or initials. We strongly urge minors to protect online privacy. Imagine your neighbor unexpectedly joins, neither of you may feel comfortable sharing anymore.
- You can get free email accounts from services like iCloud, Google, Microsoft, and many others.
Rules to Remember
We don’t want to have too many rules, but there are few things to remember that will help to keep this group a safe place:
What is said here stays here.
Do not share any group posts or messages outside of this group unless you have the written permission to share.
Keep it civil.
Lively debate is encouraged, but trolling, bullying, cursing at people, name calling, etc., are not.
Please give members the benefit of the doubt and assume good will.
90% of communication is nonverbal. Misunderstandings online are inevitable. Try asking for clarification before jumping to conclusions or taking offense. Not all disagreements will be resolved. Know when to let it go.
If something bothers you or breaks the rules, please speak up.
Feel free to ask the moderators for help. Living in a hoarding situation can be upsetting, but we can never predict everyone’s sensitivities. Be kind to each other. Be polite.
Try to stay on topic.
There is a forum for just about everything on the internet, but one thing we all have in common here is a parent who hoards. Please keep the conversation focused on our common experience. Other controversies can be unwelcoming or distracting to some members, so please try to leave them outside. This is a place for all to feel safe and supported, regardless of our differences.
Consistently breaking these rules could result in deleting your post and/or temporary, or permanent, deactivation of your membership at the discretion of the moderator. You may or may not be invited to rejoin. We give all members the benefit of the doubt and do not pre-approve posts, but we will enforce the rules.
Please read these important tips to help you to get the most out of the group.
Thanks to Jamie Street @jamie452 for making this photo available freely on Unsplash