You CAN ‘Carry the Message’ on Social Media while Protecting Your Anonymity
“Following” or “Liking” – “Following” (or “Liking”) an Al‑Anon WSO social media page does not constitute membership in the program. Social media pages are public to allow individuals and organizations to follow them and engage by liking and sharing content they value. Consider other causes you may follow. Individuals can follow a page devoted to a cause and even engage by sharing content regardless of whether they have personally been affected by that person, place or thing.
Carrying the message – It’s easy to carry Al‑Anon’s message of hope on social media without violating anyone’s anonymity. Here are a few tips:
Write your comments in “third person”, i.e. “I know a lot of people who were helped by going to Al‑Anon meetings.”
Use hashtags to insert your shared message into the searches for those key terms., i.e. “#AlAnon provides support to anyone affected by the #FamilyDisease of #alcoholism.”
Feel free to create a social media alias but refrain from creating a name that includes Al‑Anon or Alateen, i.e. Al‑Anon Bob.
Avoid referring to your direct experience in Al‑Anon in “first person”:
“I have been in Al-Anon for 9 years and it really helped my family.”
“Jane Smith, we need to share this with Al‑Anon members in our district.”
Message of hope – Please join Al‑Anon members around the globe and carry Al‑Anon’s message of hope to families and friends of alcoholics who may not know there is support available to them.