Asked 22nd Jun, 2015

Does anybody know some online self help group?

I am planning a humble research project about an online group of self help (mutual aid). I would like to know about some serious experience (or bibliographical reference) about this kind of online group. I know how these groups work face to face but not much online. I mean groups for support to other members in certain circumstances. For instance people with no common disorders could get in touch with other patients in the other corner of the world because it is not easy for them the contact face to face (for the distance). Thanks for reading!

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20th Aug, 2017
April Mangion
The New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling is a very active group that might be worth a look at. Although mainly aimed at PTSD it being a comorbid disorder it is very wide ranging.

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23rd Jun, 2015
S. Béatrice Marianne Ewalds-Kvist
Stockholm University University of Turku Finland
Hi Augustin, 
There are plenty of on-line self help groups:
Abraham Low Self-Help Systems
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Alcoholics Anonymous
Alzheimer's Association
American Association of Retired Persons Grief and Loss Information
American Association of Suicidology: Support for family/friends that have lost a loved one to suicide
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Attention Deficit Disorder Association
Autism Society of America
The Balanced Mind Foundation
Brain Injury Association of America
Caregiver Action Network
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Co-Dependents Anonymous and link to locate meetings
The Compassionate Friends Grief Support: After the death of a child (Use this link to find groups in your area)
CoSLAA Support groups for family and friends of people who have a sex addiction
Debtors Anonymous
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Gamblers Anonymous
International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
Male Survivor (Discussion board and chat room for men who have been sexually abused can be accessed from Survivors tab on left hand side of the page)
Narcotics Anonymous
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): A family support and advocacy organization
National Eating Disorders Association
and so on
Child-Help USA at 1-800-422-4453 Assists both child and adult survivors of abuse, including sexual abuse. The hotline, staffed by mental health professionals, also provides treatment referrals.
Covenant House Nineline at 1-800-999-9999 Crisis counselors are available to talk with kids and with caregivers about all types of problems; also offer an on-line forum.
Boys Town at 1-800-448-3000 Crisis, resource, and referral line that assists both teens and parents
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) connects you with a 24 hour crisis center
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23rd Jun, 2015
Agustin Quilez
University of Zaragoza
Thank you Beatrice, I have a lot of work to check this online groups. After this answer my work will be easier. ;-)
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24th Jun, 2015
Kate R Lorig
Stanford University
There are lots an lots.   Here is our bib
Gits AA, Ritter PL, Plant K, Lorig K. Coding and evaluating facilitator posts for an online cancer survivor workshop. J Psychosoc Oncol 2013;31(2):219-34. View abstract
Yank V, Laurent D, Plant K, Lorig K. Web-based self-management support training for health professionals: A pilot study. Patient Educ Couns 2013 Jan;90(1):29-37. View Abstract
Lorig k, Ritter PL, Plant K, Laurent DD, Kelly P, Rowe S. The South Australia Health chronic cisease self-management internet trial. Health Educ Behav 2013 Feb;40(1):67-77. View abstract
Layi G, Albright CA, Berenberg J, Plant K, Ritter P, Laurent D, Lorig K, Bantum EO. UH Cancer Center Hotline: Recruiting cancer survivors for an online health-behavior change intervention: Are different strategies more beneficial? Hawaii Med J. 2011 October;70(10):222-23. View citation
Jernigan Blue Bird V, Lorig K. The internet diabetes self-management workshop for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Health Promot Pract 2011 March;12(2):261-70. View abstract
Lorig K, Ritter PL, Laurent DD, Plant K, Green M, Jernigan VBB, Case S. Online diabetes self-management program: A randomized study. Diabetes Care 2010;33(6):1275-1281. View abstract
Case S, Jernigan V, Gardner A, Ritter PL, Heaney CA, Lorig KR. Content and frequency of writing on diabetes bulletin boards: Does race make a difference? J Med Internet Res 2009;11(2):e22. View abstract
Lorig KR, Ritter PL, Laurent DD, Plant K. The internet-based arthritis self-management program: a one-year randomized trial for patients with arthritis or fibromyalgia. Arthritis Rheum 2008 15Jul;59(7):1009-17. View abstract
Lorig KR, Ritter PL, Dost A, Plant K, Laurent DD, McNeil I. The expert patient programme online, a 1-year study of an Internet-based self-management programme for people with long-term conditions. Chronic Illness 2008;4(4):247-256. View abstract
Lorig K, Ritter PL, Laurent DD, Plant K. Internet-based chronic disease self-management: A randomized trial. Med Care 2006;44(11):964-971. View abstract
Bruce B, Lorig K, Laurent D, Ritter P. The impact of a moderated e-mail discussion group on Use of complementary and alternative therapies in subjects with recurrent back pain. Patient Education and Counseling 2005;58:305-311. View abstract
Ritter P, Lorig K, Laurent D, Matthews K. Internet versus mailed questionnaires: A randomized comparison. J Med Internet Res 2004;6(3):e29. View abstract
Lorig KR, Laurent DD, Deyo RA, Marnell ME, Minor MA, Ritter PL. Can a back pain e-mail discussion group improve health status and lower health care costs? A randomized study. Arch Intern Med 2002;162:792-796. View abstract
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25th Jun, 2015
Agustin Quilez
University of Zaragoza
I really appreciate your answer (both). I would like to chech this publications because I need some reference before starting my research.
Ruvanee: How could I get your webpage?
Thanks :-)
25th Jun, 2015
Kate R Lorig
Stanford University
26th Jun, 2015
John-Kåre Vederhus
Sørlandet Hospital
You can contact Trond Bjerke, UNN, Tromsø, Norway, and probably get his thesis. His researched online Alcoholics Anonymous groups. 
John-Kåre Vederhus
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26th Jun, 2015
Agustin Quilez
University of Zaragoza
Thank you, John
20th May, 2017
Steve Schneider
University of Arizona Global Campus
Hi, I hope the attached file helps. I did a search a couple of years ago on substance and behavioral self-help groups. I found quite a bit. I included the links.
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21st May, 2017
Stephen Cheung
Azusa Pacific University
In his classic book, The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, Yalom (2005) discussed internet support groups and their effectiveness. These groups can "take the form of synchronous, real-time groups...or asynchronous groups, in which members post messages and comments, like a bulletin board." (p. 520). These groups can be professionally directed or self-directed.
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24th May, 2017
Shirley Gedney-Rubel
University of Bridgeport
There are a number of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous-type internet support groups. Try this link:
A cursory search of Psych Info database revealed more than 150 results.
20th Aug, 2017
April Mangion
The New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling is a very active group that might be worth a look at. Although mainly aimed at PTSD it being a comorbid disorder it is very wide ranging.

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