Safe online community benefits young people with ME/CFS

Adolescence is hard enough without the challenge of a serious illness or disability.

Emerge Australia has become an organisational partner with Starlight Children’s Foundation’s online community, ‘LIVEWIRE’. This partnership aims to compliment and add value to the peer support program that Emerge currently facilitates with a specific emphasis on the needs of our young people, experiencing the issues and impact of ME/CFS in day to day life. The Livewire program, is a fully-moderated, safe online community for young people aged 10-20, their siblings and carers.  Parental consent is confirmed by the liverwire team for young people under the age of 18 years as a part of the registration process.

Designed to combat loneliness and isolation, connects teens and young people experiencing serious illness or disability, through a safe online community. It helps teens navigate life with a serious illness, support each other and most importantly, to focus on the positives of what they can do, not what they can’t. The Livewire program currently has a significant number of young people diagnosed with ME/CFS actively engaged from around Australia.

If that’s YOU – once you’re a Livewire member you can read up on the latest news and goss, watch videos, meet new people, catch up with old friends, learn new stuff and have FUN! You’ll also be able to connect and share experiences with others who may be going through the same things; in the groups and within a moderated chat room (open 12pm-12am, seven days a week!).

Join today and check out all the action including:

Blogs – Express yourself in any way you like! Livewire members are welcome to share stories and experiences, and to reach out and inspire other members.
Livewire TV – You’ll find lots of awesome videos on Livewire TV including segments on how to play the ukulele, cool bands on tour and Chat Hosts competing in a sandcastle building competition! You can also upload your own videos.
Groups – Create your own group to chat with others who share your interests, or join an official group represented by an organisation that can support you with any health issues or concerns as well get the most up-to-date information on the latest events and news.
Galleries – A great way to share pictures!
Competitions – Got a secret talent? Love to take photos or are you a trivia mastermind? Livewire hosts fun competitions every month with some great prizes up for grabs.
– Articles cover everything from the latest celebrity gossip, recipes, reviews and previews to current events, sport, fashion and anything else you ask for!
Chat Room – Meet new people, catch up with old friends, chat about topics of your choice, take part in games to win cool prizes, or just hang out. Trained Chat Hosts are in the chat room at all times acting as active chat participants, engaging and facilitating discussions with Livewire members.

For more info or to become a member today – visit

Emerge Australia volunteers can forward you a Livewire brochure, email your request to

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