Peer support

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

Your stories

Joining a support group

Jim blogs about joining his local support group.

Posted on 28/09/2016

Finding a place to fit in

Sue blogs about finding a place to fit in at her local peer support group.

Posted on 28/09/2016

Useful contacts

300 voices

Peer support for young African and Caribbean men.

Action for Communities in Rural England (ACRE)

Providing information and signposting on a range of issues for people living in rural communities in England.

Age UK

0800 169 2081

Support, help and information for older people.

Anxiety UK

0844 477 5774

Support, help and information for people experiencing anxiety.

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Search for accredited therapists in your area.


adult helpline: 0345 634 1414

youthline: 0345 634 7650

Information on eating disorders, online community and a directory of support services at

Big White Wall

Online community for adults experiencing emotional or psychological distress. It is free to use in many areas if you live in the UK, if you're a student, or if you have a referral from your GP.

Bipolar UK

0333 323 3880

Support for people experiencing bipolar disorder, their families and friends. Support groups, telephone mentoring and online support available.

Chinese Mental Health Association

Support for Chinese people experiencing mental health problems.


A supportive online community for people experiencing a mental health problem.

Farming Community Network

03000 111 999

Support on a range of issues for people in the farming community.

Friends in Need

A site for people affected by depression to meet online and in their local area.

Hearing Voices Network

0114 271 8210

Information and support for people who hear voices or have other unusual perceptions.


freephone: 0800 068 63 68

Local support networks for families with young children.

Switchboard LGBT+ helpline

0300 330 0630

Information and support for LGBT people.

Mental Health Foundation

020 7803 1100

Research and information for people with mental health problems, including Standing Together, a peer support project for older people.


01273 234839

A mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people. Based in Brighton and Hove, they provide local services as well as online support that can be accessed nationally.

The Sharan Project

0844 504 3231

An organisation for Asian women, includes a community forum.

Southall Black Sisters

Information and advice on a range of issues, by and for women from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds.


08000 50 20 20

Help and advice for LGBT people on a range of issues.

Student Minds

The UK's student mental health charity.

The Mix

0808 808 4994

Online guide to life for 16-25 year olds. Straight-talking emotional support is available 24 hours a day. Chat about any issue on moderated discussion boards and in a live chat room.


Information for both parents and young people.

This information was published in June 2016. We will revise it in 2019.

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