I'm trained as a "youth counsellor" too... And the FIRST thing we learned in training for our crisis line was that people who have REAL problems generally don't feel comfortable talking about those problems honestly in public. The last thing someone who feels scared or ashamed wants is a public thread to be kept for posterity on the internet, searchable by anyone out there on any search-engine, member or not, that's going to incriminate them later.
In the age of cyber-bullying, jobs canvasing their potential employees through google searches, etc. I think we'd be offering a false sense of security in offering advice to those who would REALLY need it.
All someone needs to do is post up that they might be gay and we'll have half a dozen Conservative Christians tell them they're going to hell, more people write manifestos on how gays have the right to be whoever they are, a bunch of yaoi fangirls convincing them to "Go for it" and no one at all actually doing what they SHOULD be: which is just listening and then referring the troubled person to a specialist, their parents or groups that might be able to help them. Not to mention what happens when a high school friend "stumbles" on this site, finds out their classmate might be queer and then starts spreading it around school the next day.
I'm against creating the illusion that we are in any position to help people who are genuinely troubled. We aren't. It's an entertainment forum on the internet.
Discussions about general issues can already go in cyber lounge.
Creating a forum just for little kids to give soap-box advice is only going to create a place to shine the spotlight on attention-whores who we've been trying to weed out by making personal **** journal material in the first place while creating a false sense of security/reality/friendship for younger members who may not be able to distinguish between an internet forum and actual psychological help.
And what does this have to do with anime and manga?! Can we make some additions to the site that are actually relevant to it's topic for once? O_o;