The Plural Association Nonprofit
A nonprofit dedicated to people living with Dissociative Identity Disorder, Other Specified Dissociative Disorder and all other forms of Multiplicity under the Plural umbrella, no matter the label they use to describe their individual and unique experience with 'Manyness.'
The Plural Warmline
How you& can help
We created a survey for The Plural Warmline. We want to know your best practices, tips, tricks, ideas and feedback before we open, so we can implement upfront, not just afterwards.
We believe your time is valuable and sharing your lived experience with us is a privilege to us, for which we are so grateful and we truly believe it can help us to create a better service for Plurals.
The Plural Warmline
A free warmline where
Systems & their headmates
can share their stories & worries
with a trained, lived experienced
peer support Plural volunteer via email, live chat, sms texts & calls.
A warmline is a line you reach out to before you reach a potential point of crisis. Our warmline for Plurals provides early intervention with emotional support that can prevent a crisis.
*Systems is (one of) the word(s) used to describe the collective of headmates by people with Dissociative Identity Disorder, OSDD and all other forms of Multiplicity under the Plural umbrella.
Many people wait till the last moment before they call a crisis line. They might be afraid to get sent away or told their problem isn't bad enough or they aren't a danger to themselves or others and can't use the service.
Many Plurals sadly have the experience of not being believed, not being treated as Plural whilst desired, not being understood or heard or are denied personhood.
This is where The Plural Warmline comes in and fills the gap. We do not replace a crisis line and definitely not 911, instead we invite Systems and their headmates to share their stories and worries before they reach a point of potential crisis.
Our trained volunteers copy the language you& use and are most comfortable with, to describe your System, Headmates and Plural experiences.
First time callers
If you and your System are considering calling for the first time, we'd like to explain what you& can expect. Click the button to read our welcome letter.
To help fund the ongoing cost of The Plural Warmline we host a Community where we have meetups, training, support, groups and much more.
What our donors say:
Our nonprofit depends fully on community and ally support. We do not receive financial or government grants.
Starting in 2021 we will provide The Plural Warmline calls for free to Plurals and we fundraise for the ongoing costs in order to be able to continue to this free service year round.
If you are financially able, please donate. Together we empower more Plurals!
Stay up to date
Want to know what The Plural Association is up to? Join our email list. We send Plurals informative emails with tips and tricks, a monthly newsletter and other important updates. We won't spam you!
Visit our main website to learn more about our other services, events and content for Plurals.
Welcome to The Plural Warmline
If you are Plural, no matter the label you use to describe your individual and unique experience with Multiplicity or what we call 'Manyness' we welcome you to give us a visit. We know that reaching out to a warmline can be a big step.
Hence we hope to provide you with all information you need to feel safe and secure to make the call!
When you call us, you pick the table that matches your own lived experience or need best. Our Plural volunteers do the same!
This means that the person on the other end of the line, has the same sort of lived experience as you and we hope that feels welcoming to both you and your headmates, to share your stories and worries.
The Warmline provides calls in English but we are working hard to ensure The Plural Warmline will soon be available in more languages, starting with Dutch and Spanish.
All you& need to know before calling The Plural Warmline for the first time!
When you& call us for the very first time you can just click the big purple button that says 'Enter Airmeet'. It will ask you for some details and if you like you can use a System name and fill in any random location.
When you join you see our room with tables. Each table has two chairs. One for the Volunteer and one for you and your System. Both you& and our volunteers pick the table that matches their own lived experience best. We have a welcome table, specifically for Plurals who call us for the first time!
For more information watch the video below!
Help us save some money - Please make a free account
If you and your System plan to call more often, we welcome you to please create a free account and login in the top right corner. When you create an account we pay less for your calls.
Since our nonprofit depends fully on community and ally support, this is an easy and free way to help us save some money, which enables us to provide more free calls to Plurals in need.
We do not report to authorities, we cannot call 911 or other services for you, as we do not track you and hence have no access to your details.
What is The Plural Warmline NOT:
We are not doctors, therapists, social workers, crisis line volunteers or suicide prevention workers.
We legally cannot give advice, but we can give information, listen, share our own lived experience and offer support.
We do not replace crisis lines, suicide lines, hot lines, 911 etc. Instead we are an additional service which Plurals can call before they reach a point of crisis, which lowers the risk of reaching crisis.
Who can call The Plural Warmline?
The Plural Association is a nonprofit dedicated to people living with Dissociative Identity Disorder, Other Specified Dissociative Disorder and all other forms of Multiplicity under the Plural umbrella, no matter the label you use to describe your unique and individual experience with 'Manyness.'
All Plurals can call the warmline for free. Our volunteers are trained to copy the language you use to describe your System and headmates. We gladly call you by your own individual names and use your own individual pronouns if you want to.
What if I'm not Plural?
We have a table for questioning people who are wondering if they might be Plural. We can legally not give advice but we can give information. However, we cannot and will not diagnose people.
We have a table reserved for loved ones of Plurals and clinicians. Please know we expect you to make a donation towards The Plural Association Nonprofit, if you'd like to use this service and are certain you are not Plural.
All our volunteers are Plural and pick the table that best matches their own lived experience. None of them are therapists, counselors or social workers.
They are all peer support volunteers, trained by The Plural Association Nonprofit in collaboration with a licensed therapist.
We are especially hoping to find volunteers who speak languages other than English so we can open more 'non English' tables.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Stronghold System started Power to the Plurals in 2017 and registered The Plural Association Nonprofit in February 2020. Now they work together with over 50 volunteers in 6 different countries, support 3000 Plurals on a daily basis.
We are The Plural Association, the first nonprofit dedicated to people living with Dissociative Identity Disorder, Other Specified Dissociative Disorder and all other forms of Multiplicity under the Plural umbrella, no matter the label used to describe their individual and unique experience with 'Manyness.'
We are peer and volunteer led. All our peer support Plurals are volunteers, including our founders. Everymany on our team is Plural in one or more ways. Many of us are disabled. More are survivors. We have volunteers from various minority groups and backgrounds. We all work from home to keep costs low and volunteering accessible.
What is Plurality:
Plural is an umbrella term for all people who have an experience of Multiplicity, being more than 1 individual within a single body, no matter the label used to describe their unique and individual experience. Including but never limited to Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), Other Specified Dissociative Disorder (OSDD) and other disordered forms of Plurality.
Projects we run:
Power to the Plurals:
In 2017 we started Power to the Plurals, a blog where our educational articles reach over 10k people and a youtube channel which has over 175K views.
We also started an online support group where we support 3000 people on a regular basis.
Stronghold System have directly answered at least over 5000 questions from Plurals but together we provide community with almost 100.000 interactions between Plurals each year!
The Plural Association Community: A private virtual community for Plurals. With access to not only over 25 different Associations (mix of (support) groups and forums) but also all our videos, articles, training materials, courses, live streams, community group text chats, community virtual meetups and much more! Join by clicking here
Plural Events: inclusive empowering events for everymany. Including the annual The Plural Association World Conference. Visit the Plural Events site
The Plural Warmline: In 2021 we, together with 50 volunteers, are opening The Plural Warmline where Systems and their Headmates can share their stories and worries with trained peer support Plurals, for free, via email, live chat, sms, audio or video calls.
A Dutch nonprofit doesn’t work with 1 mission statement. Our legal documentation looks as follow:
The goal consists out of:
A. Empower plurals, where plurals is defined as everyone who self-identifies as being or having more than one individual within a single body [no matter the label they use to describe their unique and individual experience] by developing and using their capacities to actively shape their own lives and that of the plural community and the society of which they are part, in economic, social and political terms.
B. Bring plurals into community and contact with each other worldwide online and offline.
C. Advocacy worldwide, for all plurals and plurality in its many forms. Including but never limited to people with dissociative disorders as defined in the DSM and ICD.
D. Provide information and education from a peer to peer and lived-experience position to plurals, organisations, institutions, agencies and people worldwide.
E. Abolish stigma surrounding plurality in its many forms.
F. The ‘by plurals, for plurals’ nonprofit aims to create volunteer and paid position jobs for plurals and to model and nurture plural leadership and organizations.
G. Contributing to empower individual plurals.
H. Contribute to the cohesion of plurals and society.
I. Contributing to a healthier society for and by plurals.
It aims to achieve this goal by:
1: Facilitating community and connecting plurals worldwide online and in person, at events and through other services.
2: Reading and listening to the worries and stories of plurals and to answer their questions surrounding plurality.
3: Providing resources, information and advice, from a peer to peer and lived-experience position.
4: Facilitating publications, training and workshops.
5: Being involved in the conversations about plurals, by society, the media and the clinical community. With the motto ‘’nothing about us, without us.’’
6. When looking for new volunteers and employees plurals will be prioritized when possible.
Other things you might want to know about our Dutch nonprofit:
We are an SSBI Nonprofit - a registered nonprofit with a social interest and goal.
Everyone on our team is Plural in one way or another.
We are currently all volunteers, no one is getting paid salary, contractor fees, bonuses or volunteer compensation etc.
Our documentation says we can’t give ourselves bonuses ever.
We are also fiscally sponsored in the USA.
Why we started a nonprofit:
The Stronghold System got diagnosed in 2010,11 and 12 just to be extra sure as they dealt with a lot of denial. They couldn’t find good resources online, especially not ones that were inclusive, validated being individuals and didn’t state everything is the ultimate one truth.
After meeting a group of community members at a DID Conference in Orlando Florida, we spoke about the future of our community, the advocacy that is needed, but most importantly how the people in our community deserve better, more support and empowerment.
We also spoke together about organisations who did similar for Autism and for example the LGBTQIA+ community and drew a lot of inspiration from Trans LifeLine, whom we met up with a year later in San Francisco. They taught us a lot about starting and running a peer support warmline/hotline/lifeline.
How we started a nonprofit:
In February 2020, The Plural Association Stichting, the Dutch word for Nonprofit, was founded, the first grassroots, peer and volunteer led nonprofit organization for all Plurals.
We have translated our goals into a mission statement where our main goal is the empowerment of Plurals, no matter the labels they use, including but never limited to Dissociative Identity disorder and Other specified dissociative disorder.
In 2021 we were asked by American donors to partner with a fiscal sponsor so USA donors could donate with tax benefits. We are proud to announce that our fiscal sponsor is The Social Good Fund. If you want to donate with a check through our fiscal sponsor, please contact us.