Developing an Online Support Network (for Service Users)

How to stay safe online and get the best mental health support online from a range of sources


Charlotte Walker and Anna Minogue

Course overview

This half-day course is for anyone who would like to access mental health support networks. The course, facilitated by experts by profession and experience, covers the range of different support opportunities, as well as the potential pitfalls of online support services.

Course Content

  • Finding your online tribe (more general mental health networks versus diagnosis-specific)
  • Using social media (the advantages and disadvantages of Facebook and Twitter)
  • Using open groups forums (including diagnosis specific forums)
  • Using moderated communities
  • Staying safe: personal boundaries and information security
  • Staying safe: dealing with triggers
  • Staying safe: dealing with other people’s distress

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