Teenagers and young people who have been directly or indirectly affected by encephalitis can now join a new online networking group on Facebook.

The two support groups - one for 13-17-year-olds and the other for 18-25 year-olds - will be an offshoot of the Encephalitis Society’s Facebook page.

The project is part of our three-year Life After Encephalitis project which has been funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

It will be overseen by the Encephalitis Society and monitored during our office hours (Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 5pm BST).

To join the new group, anyone under the age of 17 will need the consent of their parents and for them or a relative to be a member of the Encephalitis Society.

Sign up to the:

Support Group for Teenagers (13-17)

Support Group for Young People (18-25)

Phillippa Chapman, Director of Services at the Encephalitis Society, said: “Better services for young people is something which we are working to improve and we hope this Facebook group will be a key part of that.

“We see it as a safe place for any young person who has been directly or indirectly affected by encephalitis, a place where they can find relevant information, share their experiences, access support or simply have some fun with each other.

“Encephalitis can be an isolating experience which is why it is so important to connect with people who understand exactly what you may be going through.”

She added: “Both are a result of speaking to our younger members and listening to what they wanted from us.

“We would love to have more face-to-face gatherings for younger people, but the reality is that our membership is spread all over the world, so it is difficult to get everyone in one place. Utilising social media is a perfect way for us to solve that problem.”