Online groups and patient forums

Sabina Dosani, Claire Harding, Simon Wilson

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Online mental health support forums are becoming increasingly popular and there is evidence that they are useful: particularly for providing anonymous support and filling information gaps. However, there are also very real concerns about negative outcomes for users. One online mental health service, Big White Wall, manages these risks and supports its members through the provision of 24 hour professional moderation. Comparison of Big White Wall’s member population with the population of one London borough shows a diverse user group, but members are more likely to be female, and aged 25 to 34, or unemployed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number507
JournalCurrent Psychiatry Reports
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Bipolar disorders
  • Depression
  • Online communication
  • Online self help forums
  • Online social networking tools
  • Online therapy
  • Pro-anorexia
  • Self-harm
  • Social media
  • Suicide

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