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17 October 2014
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communitiesWe've put together a list of the best health communities on the web, where you can talk to other people about particular conditions or subjects around health.

If you know of an online health community which you think should be on here, let us know by completing the short form at the bottom of this page.

"I'm curious if anyone has noticed that withdrawl from ciggs made them depressed and if so, how do you know the depression is from the loss of the ciggs?"

  • Conditions and illnesses
  • Healthcare support
  • Caring for others
  • Conditions and illnesses

    Asthma UK Cymru
    Campaigning organisation to help and represent people with asthma in Wales.

    Arthritis Care
    Discussion forum with different zones to share views, tell stories, ask questions and learn tips about living with arthritis.

    Health message boards for women to discuss general health problems, contraception, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCO) and associated disorders, disease support and useful health links and articles.

    Site dedicated to removing the stigma of mental ill health with a discussion forum for users to support each other, swap experiences, ideas, opinions and have a chat.

    Friendly, supportive non-profit-making forum for sufferers of all skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema.

    Comprehensive directory of discussion groups covering a wide range of health subjects including allergies, cancer, children's health, depression, diabetes, fitness, mental illness, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, sexuality and weight problems.

    Discussion board for the charity dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by severe mental illness, whether they have the condition themselves, are carers, professionals or volunteers working within the field.

    Discussion board for the organisation dedicated to raising awareness and respect for people with mental illness.

    Telephone helpline offering practical information, crisis care and emotional support to anybody affected by mental health problems.

    Healthcare support

    Age Concern
    The UK's largest organisation working with and for older people. Includes a live chat room, and discussion forum to post questions and receive answers from other members.

    British Liver Trust
    Unmoderated message board for people to discuss issues about liver health.

    Men's Health Forum
    e-Discussion network and newsletter for health professionals and those wotking in men's health to discuss practice and policy (NOT for discussion about personal/medical problems).

    MIND Cymru (National Association for Mental Health)
    Mental health charity dedicated to creating a better life for anyone with experience of mental distress.

    National Kidney Federation - Talkline
    Discussion board to chat about issues for kidney patients.

    National Childbirth Trust (NCT)
    Charity for pregnancy, birth and parenting in the UK. E-groups providing support on various topics including caesarean, dads, home birth, premature babies and single parents.

    Radical Midwives
    Email discussion list open to midwives, students, mothers, and anyone interested in improving maternity services in the UK.

    Disability organisation in England and Wales focusing on people with cerebral palsy. The site has a pre-moderated forum to discuss issues associated with the condition.

    RADAR - The disability network
    Debates about various aspects of disability issues including education, employment independent living and welfare.

    Caring for others

    Carers Wales
    Carers Wales works to get a better deal for carers. The site has a forum for carers and former carers to have their say.

    The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
    The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is the largest provider of comprehensive carers support services in the UK. Discussion boards for people to discuss all aspects of being a carer, including hints and tips, a soapbox to air views and a general chat section.

    Discussion boards for young carers to talk to other carers and Princess Trust staff about anything and everything!

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