TYPES OF MARS AUSTRALIA ONLINE SUPPORT and COMMUNITY GROUPS
The following support groups are set up as ‘SECRET’ which means only members of the group can find the group, see who is in the group, and what is posted. To find out how to join these ‘SECRET’ groups please scroll further down the page.
ONLINE SOCIAL ORIENTATED COMMUNITY GROUPS
If you know of a person who you feel is eligible to be a group member, and would benefit by being a member of any of the groups, please let them know about the MARS Australia Online Support Groups.
COMMUNITY COMMENTING POLICY
By participating in any of the Foundation’s groups, you are agreeing to abide by our community commenting policy.
We reserve the right to delete posts containing any of the following elements:
- personal attacks
- willful misinformation
- any advertising
- self interest, or own group, or organisation promotion
- off-topic / irrelevant posts
- anything that infringes on copyrights or trademarks
- promoting illegal or questionable activities
- promoting treatments that have not been vetted in peer reviewed respected scientific journals
- any comment that is felt to be inappropriate or offensive
- anything that is contrary to the vision, mission or objectives of the Bernie Banton Foundation
Members who violate this policy, will be deleted from all support groups they are a member of.
HOW TO REGISTER AND JOIN
MARS AUSTRALIA ONLINE ‘SECRET’ SUPPORT GROUPS
To register to join a group, contact Rod Smith and let him know which group(s) you would like to be a member of, and how you qualify to be a member. Importantly, please also include verifiable contact details (if not already an existing member of the MARS Network) , including phone number and actual living address. You will also need to ‘Friend’ Rod on Facebook (see how to do so further down the page), to enable him to join you to a group.
You can contact Rod via one of the two methods listed below:
Phone the Freecall 24/7 Support Helpline
1800 031 731
Please REMEMBER to include your verifiable contact details (if not already an existing member of the MARS Network), including phone number and actual living address. You cannot be added to a group without this information first being supplied and being verified – unfortunately we cannot make exceptions to this rule.
To enable Rod to add you as a member to your chosen Support Group(s) you need to be his friend on Facebook. To add Rod as a Facebook friend, simply [click here] to go to his page.
Once on Rod’s page, click on the Add Friend button to become his friend.
As soon as Rod sees your friend request and accepts you as a friend, he will add you to the group(s) you have requested to join, providing it has been established you meet the criteria for the group(s) you have requested to join, and your supplied contact details have been able to be verified.
Once you have been added to the support Group(s) you have chosen, you will be notified in the Facebook ‘World Globe’ Notification Icon, located in the blue bookmark bar at the top of your Facebook page on the right hand side.
Click on the notification icon, you will then see a list of your notifications drop down (appear). Go down your notifications until you see see one that will look like the example graphic below, it will say the name of the support group you have applied to join (not this one used as an example).
Click on the notification, this will take you to the Support Group page you applied to join, at the very top of the page there will be a message for you saying you have been invited to the Support Group (see the example graphic below), simply click on the blue Join group button – you will then be a member.
We thank you for becoming a MARS Australia Online Support Group member, we sincerely hope the support groups, your fellow members and the Mars Australia Network Team helps you to walk your individual journey path, providing support, hope and importantly, having no regrets. – Rod Smith, Support Co-ordinator, Bernie Banton Foundation
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