This might be an online community that most of us (hopefully) have never needed and thus might not be able to relate to as much as to others. But I think SUPPORT NETWORK is a very good positive example for an online community that offers emotional and informational support.
It is set up for people that have the desire to exchange their experiences with serious illnesses and medical conditions like – as in the picture illustrated- the suffering from heart attacks, strokes, chronic conditions and many more.
Everybody can register and take part in, either to get advice and support from others that have experienced and lived with similar health problems or even to be the one giving advice to others and telling their story. Overall the website is set up to give ill people hope and solutions.
I picked this online community because I think communities like these are absolutely great and helpful as most people that have fallen seriously ill experience phases of feeling alone or not understood or some might even feel like they haven’t been advised by their doctor adequately (quite possible in the British health care system, if you ask me). In this community they, for example, find people that can recommend different types of therapies and maybe new angles on how to deal with their medical condition.
I have – and probably many of you do as well – a family member that had to go through a serious and quite critical illness. And I can only say that websites like these are very welcome and make the affected feel better informed and more enlightened about the available opportunities and challenges one has to face.
The website does have a very restricted target group, obviously. It is mainly used by affected people and doctors. However, for the reasons illustrated above it is to say that all members most probably benefit from their participation.