24/7 online peer support for those with a mental health condition. Connecting people with support when they need it the most, anywhere at any time.
Support Hope and Recovery Online Network (SHaRON) is an online peer support based ehealth system, supported by NHS clinical professionals, especially for people who have mental health conditions. It connects individuals to each other and their care providers. It takes the form of an online therapeutic networking platform.
It was designed by patients and clinicians at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in 2009. It benefits from accumulated, evaluated evidence and data from patients, NHS clinicians, NHS professionals, relatives and carers, service users, ex-service users, voluntary service professionals and other professions such as social workers.
SHaRON stemmed from a sense of frustration at the idea of ‘office hours’, when health issues can strike at any time day or night. To address this, an always available, 24/7 solution was required, and SHaRON was born.
SHaRON is supporting the maternal and emotional well-being of women who are pregnant or up to one-year post-partum and are users of our Peri-natal Mental Health Services.
Talking Therapies clients are offered access to SHaRON by their therapist. It provides a confidential and anonymous environment for people to share experiences.
SHaRON is used in our eating disorders service to provide support to our service users, their families and recovered services users with diagnosed eating disorders.
Online peer support 24 hours a day.
We asked our users what support was available to them 'outside of normal working hours' and before they had access to SHaRON. This is what they told us.