Are online support groups helpful?
There are many online support groups for stroke survivors. Online groups offer a great support network and allow patients to remain anonymous if desired. Two of the larger online groups include:
National Stroke Association: The National Stroke Association provides stroke support groups, a search function to search for support groups in your area, a discussion guide, a resource directory, information on clinical trials, and more. This site also offers information regarding medical professionals, EMS and other pre-hospital providers, stroke survivors, and kids and stroke. Some information is available in Spanish.
The Stroke Network provides readers with information on strokes, including medical information and information for caregivers. This site also hosts a forum. Recent forum topics include returning to school, sensitive subjects, tiny strokes, doctors, helping out and finding out, questions about education about a specific type of stroke, walking pain, short term memory, acceptance and giving up, and hearing loss. Stroke patients can read about others' ways of coping and share and help other stroke patients in a forum setting.
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