New! Teen Talk – an online chatroom for teens with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions

Get excited! We now have a place where you can jump online and chat with other young people who “get it”Teen Talk is a safe space for people between the ages of 13-20 currently living with a musculoskeletal condition or chronic pain 

Conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system include juvenile arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, back pain, Perthes, lupus, scleroderma, mixed connective tissue disease, hypermobility syndromes and many more! Musculoskeletal may sound like a big word but put simply it’s anything to do with the bones, muscles, joints, cartilage, ligaments and bursae in your body.

For parents

We know from experience that teens are a hard group to reach through traditional methods. Too old for days at the zoo or trips to the movies, they easily ‘slip between the cracks’. An online support community speaks their language and is a natural progression from the online world that they’re already part of.  

Teen Talk will be running on our own private server through the online portal ‘Discord. Discord is an instant messaging and digital distribution platform designed for creating communities. Users communicate with voice calls, video calls, text messaging, media and files in private chats or as part of communities called “servers.” The program is free to use. 

For young people, run by young people! Our server is being administered by a number of our young ambassadors (thanks guys!), and overseen by MSK staff.

Teen Talk has established our own private server through discord where users are invited to join and agree to follow a set of rules. You can see how discord works by clicking on the link below:  

How Discord Works in 148,000 Miliseconds or Less

There’s also some good information on safety and frequently asked questions for parents so check that out here:  

Discord Safety Center

For teens

For young people, run by young people! A huge thanks to our young ambassadors, Thalia, Damien and Mikayla, who have stepped up to run Teen Talk.

So, what are you waiting for?!  Come chat with us and share your story! 

Join Teen Talk now!  
To join Teen Talk, simply complete this form with your parent/guardian details first. Once that’s done, you’ll be sent a link to our server and you’re ready to go!

Need more info?

For more information get in touch with us by email at:

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Teens are loving Discord

What I love most about Teen Talk is being able to access it any time and any place. I love connecting with people from all over Australia. Because of its digital format, Teen Talk doesn’t have to stop when we move into lockdown and it’s accessible by everyone, having broken down the barrier of location and the struggle that can come with getting out of the house. Teen Talk is anonymous, allowing our group to talk freely and to feel more comfortable in putting ourselves out there.

Thalia, 16
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