Would it be helpful if a member could ask another member to be his/her "mentor". This is the same concept as someone in AA asking another member (with more sobriety) if they would be their "sponsor".
The mentor would contact the member every week or so to "touch bases" with the member. The nature of their interaction would be supportive (not just giving advice).
The mentor would have to be the same sex as the member who is requesting the mentor. Likewise, the mentor would have to be 18 or older. Each member could only have one mentor at a time.
We are in the process of creating private blogs for each community member (similar to Face Book). The mentor could have private chats with the member in his/her blog. There will be another part of the member's blog where the member's friends could post their comments when visiting the blog.
We believe that members should each have their own blog in which they communicate with their friends. This blog would contain their Mood Calendar and would also archive their posts that appear on the community bulletin board.
This blog would also provide a private place for mentor-member communication.
What do you think of this proposal? Mark and I would really appreciate your feedback before we start programming this feature.