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Peer support

Explains what peer support is, what types there are, how it can help you and how to access it.

Mind's services

  • Helplines – our Infolines provide information and support by phone, email and text.
  • Local Minds – provide face-to-face services across England and Wales. These might be talking therapies, peer support and advocacy.
  • Elefriends – our supportive online community for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Other organisations

Action for Communities in Rural England (ACRE)

acre.org.uk
Support and guidance for people living in rural communities in England.

Age Cymru (Wales)

08000 223 444 
ageuk.org.uk/cymru
Information and support for older people.

Age UK (England)

0800 678 1602 
ageuk.org.uk
Information and support for older people.

Befriending Networks

befriending.co.uk
Information on befriending, including an online directory of UK befriending services.

Big White Wall

bigwhitewall.com
Online mental health community. Free in some areas through your GP, employer or university.

Farming Community Network

03000 111 999
fcn.org.uk
Support on a range of issues for people in the farming community.

Hafal

hafal.org
Information and support for people affected by mental health problems in Wales.

National Survivor User Network (NSUN)

nsun.org.uk
Independent, service-user-led charity for people with experience of mental health issues. Provides information, networking opportunities and peer support.

Rethink Mental Illness

0300 5000 927
rethink.org
Provides support and information for anyone affected by mental health problems, including local support groups.

Samaritans

116 123 (freephone)
[email protected]
Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK
PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
samaritans.org

Open 24/7 for anyone who needs to talk. You can visit some branches in person. They also have a Welsh Language Line on 0300 123 3011 (7pm–11pm every day).

Stonewall

08000 50 20 20
stonewall.org.uk
Information and advice for LGBT people on a range of issues.

Student Minds

studentminds.org.uk
Mental health charity that supports students.

Together UK

together-uk.org
Supports people with mental health problems, including through peer support.

This information was published in July 2019. We will revise it in 2022.

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