This is a work-in-progress directory of English-language digital communities and forums designed to connect people around health-based issues. If you know of any other communities you think should be added to this list, please get in touch.

Note: There are also a number of health community platforms which provide a wide variety of condition-specific communities. These include Inspire, Health Unlocked, Patients Like Me, Smart Patients, Health Union, Talk Health, Healing Well and Daily Strength. There are also multiple forums for various conditions on large forum networks including Reddit and Mumsnet, as well as various groups created on social networks.

Addiction
Club Soda – UK based community for people looking to cut down, have a break from or quit drinking. Community interacts on Facebook.
This Naked Mind – US based global social network for people looking to change their relationship with alcohol
Daily Strength – US based global community with a wide range of medical health groups that can be created by members, including a group for alcohol and addiction
QuitNow – Canadian online community with forums and milestone features
Quit4Life – part of the Health Unlocked network, by Hampshire’s NHS Stop Smoking Services in the UK
Smoking Cessation Forum – community for smokers trying to quit, hosted by US-based online publisher VeryWellMind
StopSmokingCenter – an online community with tools and features to help stop smoking, run by Evolution Health who offer paid digital programmes for addiction
Seven Cups Addiction Support – an online community for a range of addictions
Sober Recovery – online forums and peer-to-peer support for addiction
Talking Sober – online forums for people affected by addiction
QuitNet – online community to help smokers quit

Allergies and Skin Conditions
TalkAllergy – one of the Talk Health Partnership group of online communities
AAFA – community run by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Kids with Food Allergies – community run by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
No Nuts Moms – Facebook community for parents with children with nut allergies
Allergy UK Support – Facebook group connected to the UK charity
TalkAcne – one of the Talk Health Partnership group of online communities
Acne.Org – forums hosted by Acne.Org who have now developed acne products
RealSelf Acne Forum – acne community and forums hosted by cosmetic treatment company RealSelf
TalkEczema – one of the Talk Health Partnership group of online communities
TalkPsoriasis – one of the Talk Health Partnership group of online communities
TalkRosacea – one of the Talk Health Partnership group of online communities
TalkScars – one of the Talk Health Partnership group of online communities

Bones and Joints
TalkArthritis Рone of the Talk Health Partnership group of online communities
Arthritis Action – one of the Health Unlocked social network communities
Arthritis Care Forum – run by charity Versus Arthritis (merger of Arthritis Care and Arthritis Research UK)
BoneSmart – global community for people considering or having joint replacements, by US non-profit The Foundation for the Advancement in Research in Medicine
American Bone Health – online osteoporosis community

Bipolar Disorder

BipolarUK – e-community run by charity BipolarUK
BP Magazine Bipolar Support Group – closed Facebook group run by Bipolar Magazine
BP Support For Loved Ones – closed Facebook group run by Bipolar Magazine for people living with individuals with Bipolar Disorder
BP Bipolar Kids Parents Group – closed Facebook group run by Bipolar Magazine for parents whose children have Bipolar Disorder
BP Bipolar Pet Lovers Support Group – closed Facebook group run by Bipolar Magazine for people using pets as a support mechanism for Bipolar Disorder

Bladder and Bowel Health
TalkBladder – one of the Talk Health Partnership group of online communities
TalkBowel – one of the Talk Health Partnership group of online communities
IBDrelief – launched by UK-based IBD sufferer Seb Tucknott in 2015
Bladder and Bowel Community – UK-based online community
IBS Network – run by UK charity IBS Network
IBS.Net – IBS community run by Philadelphia based digital health community network Health Union
TalkIBS – one of the Talk Health Partnership group of online communities
Bowel Cancer UK – forums and discussions hosted by the charity
Chrons and Colitis UK online community and Facebook Group run buy non profit organisation Chrons and Colitis Foundation

Strokes and Heart Conditions
MendedHearts – Community site run by non profit group Mended Hearts
WomenHeart – Community site run by US based National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
Heart and Stroke Community – Canada-based recovery and support community
CareLiving – community for carers looking after people who’ve had a stroke
Support Network – an online community run jointly by American Heart Association and American Stroke Association 

Cancer (General)
Live Better With – UK-based global forum dealing with all aspects of living with cancer
My LifeLine – Social network with blogging features connecting people around cancer
Cancer Chat – hosted by Cancer Research UK
Irish Cancer Society – community for anyone affected by cancer, run by charity the Irish Cancer Society

Cancer (Specific)
Prostate Cancer UK – Forums run by UK charity Prostate Cancer UK
Advanced Breast Cancer¬†– One of the US-based Inspire groups’ online communities
Bowel Cancer UK – forums and discussions hosted by the charity
Jo’s Trust – Forum-based community run by UK-based cervical cancer charity Jo’s Trust
National Cervical Cancer Coalition – US-based community – one of the Inspire group’s collection of communities including support groups and discussion around HPV and cervical cancer – local communities available based on location
Macmillan Online Community – Specific online groups and forums run by UK charity MacMillan including forums around cancer for LGBT communities
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation – one of the Health Unlocked online communities
Lungevity – online lung cancer community and forums by US non profit Lungevity
Breast Cancer.Org – online network run by non-profit Breast Cancer.org

Chronic Illnesses (General)
ProHealth – forums and networks for Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS and Lyme Disease
ChronicBabe – forums for women (but there are men here too) with chronic diseases
The Pain Community – network for people with chronic pain conditions
Chronic Pain Australia – Australian network for people with chronic pain conditions

Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic Fibrosis Trust – online forums run by the charity
Cystic Fibrosis.Com – online site with forums and blogs run by non-profit group CFTechnology Foundation
Smart Patients Cystic Fibrosis Community – online community, part of the Smart Patients network

Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Dementia Talking Point – online chat run by Alzheimers Society
Dementia Forum – dementia forums hosted by Swedish Care International
Dementia Care Central – forums funded by National Institute on Aging
Alzheimers’ Australia Younger Onset Dementia Forum – a place where younger people with dementia, their families, carers and friends can gather and share information
Dementia Aware – UK based closed Facebook group helping to spread awareness and share issues
FTD Support Forum – an international online forum for people with frontotemporal dementias and those who support them
CarersUK – community spaces around specific issues like alzheimers, as well as general care

Developmental Disorders
Future of Downs – online community connecting people with Downs Syndrome
Wrong Planet – online forums for people affected by Autism
Autism Animated – online community for anybody affected by Autism
Ambitious About Autism – online community for anybody affected by Autism
National Autistic Society – online community for anybody affected by Autism

HIV
myHIVforum – forums run by the Terence Higgins Trust
The Tribe – wellness community for people with HIV
Healthful Chat – a chat room in the Healthful Chat community for HIV

Diabetes
Diabetes.co.uk – UK based global community for people with living with diabetes
Daily Strength – US based global community with a wide range of medical health groups that can be created by members, and a number of small communities around diabetes
Beyond Type 1 – a range of diabetes programmes based around community – community platforms include online platform TuDiabetes and the BeyondType1 App/Online site – also has Spanish language community platforms available

Disability (includes chats on chronic diseases and developmental disorders)
DisabledUnited – online community for people with disabilities
Scope – online community for people with disabilities by UK charity Scope
Able Here – social network for people with disabilities
My Disability Matters Club – Australian online community around disabilities
Livewire – Australian online community for young people with disabilities or chronic conditions
You’re Able – online community and network for people with disabilities
Disabilities R Us – forums and chat rooms for people with disabilities
YooCan – online community for people with disabilities
Spinalpedia – online community for people with spinal cord conditions

Mental Health
Daily Strength – US based global community with a wide range of medical health groups, but the largest communities here are around mental health issues
Seven Cups – online networks for a range of mental health issues
Elefriends – online community run by charity Mind
MPHSS.net – an online community for connecting people, professionals and researchers around mental health issues
Movement for Global Mental Health – an online ‘movement’ connecting people around mental health issues
PsychCentral – global online community for mental health issues
BeyondBlue – Australian mental health online community

Multiple Sclerosis
MS Society – run by UK charity Multiple Sclerosis Society
My MS Team – social network and app, one of the US-based My Health Teams networks
MS World – peer-to-peer support for people with MS
Daily Strength – US based global community with a wide range of medical health groups that can be created by members, including a community for people with MS
This is MS – forums and discussion boards
My MSAA Community – part of the Health Unlocked network, run by the MS Association of America
Kurmudgeons Korner – closed online community for people with MS
Overcoming MS – online forums about MS
Shift.ms – social network for people with MS, run by UK charity Shift.ms
Active Msers – online forums about MS
MS Foundation – Facebook group for people with MS

Other
Men’s Health Forum – general community covering a range of health issues
Rare Connect – an online community for rare diseases

Parkinsons
ParkinsonsUK – an online network for people with Parkinsons
Parkinsons News Today – forums and peer-to-peer support
Parkinsons Community – an online network for Parkinsons sufferers by research company Research Catalyst
Parkinsons Disease Community – part of the Smart Patients platform in connection with the American Parkinsons Disease Association

Pregnancy and Menopause
Live Better With – UK-based global forum for menopause support and information
Mumsnet – Global and regional forums based on all aspects of pregnancy
Rollercoaster – Ireland-based network for pregnancy support
NetMums – UK-based global forum for menopause support and information

Respiratory
COPD Community – an online social network with award schemes for people with COPD, created by a Florida-based company
Better Breathers – Facebook group for people with COPD
British Lung Foundation Community – British Lung Foundation on Health Unlocked platform
TalkRespiratory – one of the Talk Health Partnership group of online communities

Weight Loss
(Not including profit-generating general fitness and workout programmes with communities like Fitbit, Asana Rebal, My Fitness Pal, Weight Watchers and Sweat)
TalkWeight – one of the Talk Health Partnership group of online communities
3 Fat Chicks On A Diet – online forum for weight-related issues
Weight Loss NHS – NHS Choices community on the Health Unlocked platform
Weight Loss Fitness – forums for weight loss and fitness advice and support
MiniMins – forums for weight loss and fitness advice and support
Weight Loss Buddy – forums for weight loss advice and peer-to-peer support
Diet.com – forums for weight loss advice and peer-to-peer support
WeightLoss.com – Australian forum for weight loss advice and peer-to-peer support
Social Slimmers – global online dieting community