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Health-related online support groups

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Group Moderator (or Group Administrator)

This is someone, usually a volunteer who monitors the activity within the group and helps conversations develop as well as remove any messages which break the rules of the group. They can also be a first point of contact if you have any questions or difficulties in using the group.

Search Engine

A search engine is an online tool that helps you locate information on the World Wide Web.


A username is a name that uniquely identifies someone on a computer system. Many websites allow you to choose your own username.

World Wide Web

The global network enabling us to be on the internet/online.


HealthUnlocked - the world's largest social network for healthThis is a website which contains the largest number of online support groups under 'one umbrella'. It will be useful for those new to online support groups and are searching for one to help them.
MINDThis webpage gives the reader insights into how an online support group was helpful. It includes examples from real people.

Learning Outcomes

By completing this resource, you will be able to:

  • Raise awareness of online support groups, what they are, and what you can do online
  • Understand the benefits and potential problems associated with online support groups
  • Understand how to get the most from your online support group


Project Lead

Neil Coulson (Professor of Health Psychology), School of Medicine.

Content Authors

  • Neil Coulson (Professor of Health Psychology), School of Medicine
  • Gill Langmack (Assistant Professor), School of Health Sciences


This RLO was developed using the ASPIRE methodology; Aims, Storyboarding, Population, Implementation, Review, Evaluation.

Content was developed in consultation with, and peer reviewed by, experts in diverse areas of health and care.


James Henderson (Software Research Developer), School of Health Sciences.

Technical support has been provided by the Health e-Learning and Media Team (HELM) at the University of Nottingham.


James Henderson (Software Research Developer), School of Health Sciences.

Peer-Review Panel

  • Dr Heather Buchanan
  • Dr Bethan Davies
  • Caitlin Sorrell

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