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What type of shoe inserts do I need?

The soles on my dress shoes are not cushioning my feet properly and causing me back pain. What type of shoe inserts do I need? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 8, 2013 - 6 answers

I don't judge. No, really.

At work I frequently come into contact with people who are members of various at-risk populations. They often have to give me really intimate details of their lives within minutes of meeting. When first opening up to me, they'll usually pause to gauge my reaction. I respond with, "I don't judge," in my most supportive voice. But I realize this can be a loaded statement for people and easily taken the wrong way. What short declarative statement could I use in its place?
posted by 1066 on Mar 27, 2013 - 49 answers

How to help a relative cope with past sexual assault?

My elderly mother in law recently confided in me that her now-deceased husband sexually assaulted her decades ago and it haunts her daily. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2013 - 10 answers

A study which shows that people unite against a common enemy?

Over on reddit, a commenter said that they once read a "social science study" which showed that people are more likely to rally in support of a cause when there's a common enemy to hate. It supposedly showed how when people were given the opportunity to unite and campaign for a positive cause, they showed little interest; but that the presence of a hostil opponent motivated the group to unite and rally against it. Can anyone think of a study along those lines?
posted by dontjumplarry on Mar 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Providing care for a disabled woman without getting sued please!

I have the opportunity to work a 4-month part-time (approx. 26h/week) contract providing in-home support for a woman who is in the early stages of Parkinson's disease, starting next Friday. I have provided intimate care like this for a family member before, but have no professional experience otherwise in this field. What should I keep in mind in terms of covering my ass with respect to liability in the contract? [more inside]
posted by human ecologist on Feb 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Supporting a partner in an ongoing, arguably abusive relationship

Looking for resources for supporting a partner (and my own mental health) in an ongoing, possibly abusive relationship with a family member. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2013 - 8 answers

How do I build a support system?

Hey mefites, how did you build up your friendship group and support system? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Feb 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Changed ISP unable to send email with e-mail account of old ISP

I have a friend who has become totally reliant on an e-mail account, which was provided by an internet service provider which she has just left to go to a new ISP. She uses Outlook 2003 as her e-mail client program. Unfortunately, she is now finding that after moving to this new ISP that although she can receive e-mails absolutely fine, she cannot send e-mails. [more inside]
posted by conrad101 on Feb 7, 2013 - 16 answers

If support hit me in the face I wouldn't know what I was look at

How do normal, happy couples support each other in a non-dysfunctional, healthy relationship? Not surprisingly, longish snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2012 - 36 answers

Cheaper remote support option?

Looking for a replacement to TeamViewer for our corporate remote assistant client. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Dec 5, 2012 - 7 answers

How to help a parent cope with the loss of a spouse?

I lost my dear dad unexpectedly Sunday after a series of illnesses. My mom, luckily, is still with us. They were together 54 years and my mom was only 17 when they met. The most important thing to my dad was my mom's well-being and I feel it is now my duty to look after her to the best of my ability. I have no idea how to help her cope with the loss of my father. I want to be there for her as much as possible, but I don't want to smother her. Does anyone have any advice?
posted by entropicamericana on Nov 23, 2012 - 18 answers

Screening question for IT-drudges

Screening questions (and answers!) for low-level office IT admin staff. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Nov 21, 2012 - 20 answers

Support/Help with divorce after 1 yr marriage (29 y.o.)

29 years old and divorcing after 1 year of marriage- looking for support/help with my decision. [more inside]
posted by love2much on Nov 14, 2012 - 34 answers

How to help a fired friend

How to help a close friend who was just fired? [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Nov 7, 2012 - 15 answers

Move my new Wordpress site from subdirectory to root?

Blog/website tech support needed! How can I move my newly designed Wordpress site from a subdirectory to the root, while somehow archiving the old indexhibit site which currently dwells on the root? I only have a couple of days in which to do this! [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong on Oct 18, 2012 - 11 answers

How can I help after a death in the family?

The mother of the family I work for just passed away after a long illness. What can I do to help? [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Oct 18, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I get this sadness/anger meld to stop?

[emotional blathering filter] YANAT, but I need a little help untangling my jumbled feelings. How to deal with deep feelings of resentment and sadness and get back to focusing on what's really important to me? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Oct 17, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me navigate the myriad of Drupal hosting options

Need to find a reliable host and occasional support for a Drupal site for a non-profit. Questions abound! [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Oct 3, 2012 - 2 answers

How can I help my friend?

My friend is in a very bad way. She's had a painful breakup, and she has a long-term chronic illness that's tough to deal with. She's housebound, isolated, very unhappy and says she's thinking of suicide. What, if anything, can I do to help? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Sep 27, 2012 - 8 answers

I'm thinking of breaking up with you because you're depressed. Yes, I am just that awful.

Oh, MeFites, I could use your insight. I'm probably going to have to call things off with my girlfriend - and it's mostly because she's depressed and out of resources to deal with things, so small things are becoming huge stressors on a near-daily basis. I feel like this makes me a horrible person, but things are so fraught, I don't know what else to do. Help? [Long, full of snowflakes and sadness] [more inside]
posted by Someone Else's Story on Sep 24, 2012 - 25 answers

Best practices for post-op family support?

My husband will be having major surgery next week. As far as I can tell, I was born without normal sick-person-wrangling instincts. What helpful or comforting things should I be planning to do to support him through recovery, at the hospital and afterwards at home? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2012 - 21 answers

How to support someone you are dating through tragedy

Dating someone who just had a friend commit suicide and has now gone to ground completely. How can I best support them now? They were already having a troubled time and weren't sure whether they could commit to dating, so I want to be supportive in a way that does not put more pressure on them around our relationship (if it still exists). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2012 - 11 answers

How do I be a good partner to my SO who has a thyroid condition?

My SO has Graves disease. How do I be a good partner to them? [more inside]
posted by You Guys Like 2 Party? on Sep 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Suicidal friend

I am the only one who knows that my friend is suicidal. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Sep 4, 2012 - 35 answers

Supporting someone in psychiatric care

My brother is being admitted to an inpatient facility. How can I support him, and can you calm me down about the long-term picture? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2012 - 22 answers

Seeking GeekSquad alternatice for business locations.

Need a GeekSquad alternative for business. Must serve all (or most) of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Aug 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me support my dad after the death of both his parents.

My father's parents just passed away, two weeks apart exactly. How do I support my dad through this time? [more inside]
posted by dil.emma on Aug 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Is there anything I can do to help my ill friend?

My friend is ill with a condition that might be psychosomatic. She doesn't believe or trust her doctors, and she is continually diagnosing herself with new illnesses. What's the best way I can be supportive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2012 - 22 answers

How do I help a very pregnant friend whose support network is falling apart before my eyes?

How do I help a very pregnant friend whose support network is falling apart before my eyes? [more inside]
posted by Vervain on Aug 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Gamification of Dissertations!

I am in a cohort of a few PhD fellows who, at the time we could really use each other for support, find ourselves scattered to various corners of New England. How can we motivate each other when we don't see each other on a regular basis? [more inside]
posted by absquatulate on Aug 15, 2012 - 5 answers

My mother feels defeated by her child support battles

My mother hasn't received child support payments from my father for over a year; I think she's become incredibly depressed about her treatment by the legal system, and has come to believe that no matter what she does, she'll have to bear the full financial burden of raising my sister. Help me inspire her with a rational reason why she should keep trying. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2012 - 13 answers

divorce settlement hindsight advice

About to start discussing divorce details. What do you wish you known, what would you have done differently, what do you regret, what are glad you did? [more inside]
posted by jennstra on Aug 6, 2012 - 19 answers

productive social justice

How can I assert my support of issues that matter to me without going hog wild and kicking a lot of people out of my life? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Aug 4, 2012 - 34 answers

How to support the abused

I've started to date again after the end of an eight year relationship. The good news is I've met an amazing woman and we're starting to develop a more serious relationship. The part I (male) need help with is that it turns out she was physically, sexually, mentally, and emotionally abused in several previous relationships over the course of about 15 years. How do I support her as a new relationship partner? Can you recommend any good resources for me to read? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2012 - 11 answers

Online forums/support specific to health care professionals/students with major mental health diagnoses/problems?

Are there online forums/communities for support for medical professionals/students with serious mental health diagnoses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 - 2 answers

How can I get analytics for IT support requests?

What's the best (ie fool proof) way for me to get some ongoing analytics data for my department at work? [more inside]
posted by eatcake on Jul 20, 2012 - 7 answers

What do I need to know to be a proper support kayak to a long distance swimmer?

What do I need to know to be a proper support boat to a long distance swimmer? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Jul 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me find flip-flops with arch support.

I am looking for flip-flops that have nice arch support. The arch on my left foot collapses quite a bit when I walk. I want the shoes to be flip-flops, not Birkenstock-style sandals. I am male, and I live in the U.S.
posted by starkraven on Jul 4, 2012 - 26 answers

How do I best support my father through a tough breakup?

How can I support my father through what's likely to be a really painful breakup? What support do you wish you had, or were you grateful to have, from your adult children while going through divorce? [more inside]
posted by yomimono on Jun 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Facebook's Skewing My Sense of Real Friendship

I'm a supportive, loyal, and giving friend. My friends do not treat me the same way. [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Jun 9, 2012 - 45 answers

Is asking for immediate help from your partner unreasonable?

Is asking for immediate help from your partner unreasonable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 - 191 answers

Feels bad, man

My spouse is under some pretty severe work stress, and has recently come to realize that he might be depressed. Appointments with a therapist and a GP will be booked this week, but in the meantime I'm looking for other resources and support ideas. Depressed mefites, what are some amazing things that people have done to help you? What are some things you've wished you had someone around to do for you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2012 - 22 answers

Can supportive adults help?

I am looking for article/s pertaining to childhood and outside adult support from a dysfunctional family. [more inside]
posted by annsunny on May 9, 2012 - 2 answers

The buddy system for procrastination?

I'm using Teux Deux--but is there on online support forum that help me support my goals for exercise, uncluttering, other side projects? I need a buddy! [more inside]
posted by biscuits on May 3, 2012 - 2 answers

Sending thoughts and, err, stuff

ComfortFilter: Looking for a better way to express sympathy and support than just "We're keeping you in our thoughts." Can't just be for close loved ones. [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on May 3, 2012 - 24 answers

Sending love.

What are some sweet gestures of support for my stressed out long distance sweetie? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Just-18 friend kicked out for being gay, what are his options?

A very close online friend of mine is getting kicked out of the house and disinherited for being gay and not going through with what amounts to an arranged marriage. He just turned 18. The situation is somewhat urgent, he doesn’t have much in the way of local resources, and getting in touch with specifically LGBT groups is likely to strain his family situation further. What resources and options can I help him find? [more inside]
posted by NMcCoy on Apr 23, 2012 - 13 answers

Seeking group therapy/support groups/non-profits for family members with brain cysts.

I'm seeking group therapy/support groups/non-profits for family members with brain cysts. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Apr 23, 2012 - 3 answers

Will working from home hurt me in the long run?

I've been offered a home-based support position with a certain fruit-centric tech company we all know. Some aspects of working from home are appealing, but I'm concerned about potential limitations for advancement, as my goal is to remain at said company and move up the ladder. Should I hold out for an office-based position or jump at the chance to work for them now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 8, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I be a good straight ally at work?

How can I show my support for a new co-worker in my company's homophobic environment? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Apr 7, 2012 - 19 answers

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