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Internet (Online) Support Groups

How Internet Support Groups Work

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Generally, online participation in a support group is free.

Internet support groups  can be accessed through any computer system.

Inernet support groups can be conducted in several different ways:

  • A "bulletin board" format on which people write posts with thoughts, questions or informaiton to which other people respond. Bulletin board format groups can be accessed at any time, 24/7, from any place - even while you are traveling.
  • Chat rooms where people can "chat" over the internet by typing their thoughts and/or questions in real-time either during a set time or with a posting.
  • e mail discussion groups (known as "listservs") where the discussion is by e mail.

You generally must register and get a password before joining an online support group.

Only other members and the moderator who leads the group can access your entries.

Members are often permitted to share poems, photographs or anything else they can scan. Scanning devices are inexpensive.

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