6 ways our online community can help you

Sometimes, it’s just nice to talk. With our online community on HealthUnlocked, you can chat with others living with heart and circulatory conditions. Helen Skipworth, BHF Community Admin, talks us through some of the best parts of the community.

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Since we started our online community in the summer of 2017, we’ve seen some fantastic benefits to our members, as well as the BHF. There are lots of great things about the community, but here are our top 6:

1. Get connected

Our community is all about people supporting each other. You’ll be able to talk to others who have been through similar things to you; they might be recovering from surgery, have a similar diagnosis, or looking for support after a heart attack. It’s a safe space for people to talk and share information. Some of our members are newly diagnosed, others are well adapted to living with heart disease – everyone has their own experiences to share.

2. Stay informed

Our community is growing fast, with new members joining every day and thousands of pieces of content covering a variety of topics

It can be incredibly helpful for people to talk to others who know where they’re coming from. It can help people feel more supported and also more informed.

Our community is growing fast, with new members joining every day and thousands of pieces of content covering a variety of topics. The community is set up to help you find what you’re looking for; you can use these topics to find useful posts on a specific condition or subject.

3. 24/7 support - no matter where you are

One of the best things about the community is that it’s there 24/7. You can log on anytime, day or night, and be pretty sure that there’s going to be someone else to talk to. If you need to vent on the commute to work, or if something is keeping you awake at night, you won’t be alone.

4. It’s not just for people living with a heart condition

Feel free to talk about anything related to heart disease. If you’re caring for someone with a heart condition, coping with a loss or are concerned for a family member or friend, our community can help.

5. Talk to our cardiac nurses

As well as being able to chat with others about heart disease, you can get support and information from our cardiac nurses - just look out for the ‘BHF Nurse’ badge on their profile.

If you need to vent on the commute to work, or if something is keeping you awake at night, you won’t be alone.

We would always advise speaking to your GP or specialist if you have specific questions about your health, but our clinical team can help explain anything you don’t understand.

6. Community Heart Stars

Our community is led by the BHF team, but also some designated Heart Stars. These are members of the community who act as friendly faces, helping users find their way through the community, find the conversations that are most relevant and generally keep the community ticking over. All of them have their own experience related to heart disease and know the kind of situations people may find themselves in when first diagnosed.

We’re keen for our Heart Stars to help shape the community too – if you’d like to get involved, get in touch with a BHF Admin on HealthUnlocked and we’ll tell you more!

The BHF community is growing fast and we’d love to see you there. So whether you're living with a heart or circulatory disease, or just want to find out more about them, our community is for you. 

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