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Posted on 22/01/2016

Peer support in the North

Click on one of the regions listed below to find a peer support group in your area.

The organisations listed here have been provided to help you access peer support in your local area. As they are not all Mind services we cannot guarantee the quality of support offered, and suggest you contact them directly to find out more.


Derbyshire

Cheshire and Merseyside

Bipolar UK Self-help Group Network

We provide a range of services to enable people affected by bipolar and associated illnesses to take control of their lives.

2 Macon Court, Crewe, Cheshire CW1 6EA        

tel: 01270 230260          

email: groupdevelopment@bipolaruk.org.uk      

web: bipolaruk.org.uk

access: self referral

 

Chester PLUS

We're a registered charity that runs a peer led well being centre. With no staff, we're run entirely by people with lived experience on a voluntary basis.

We're open every Monday from 10am-8pm. We start at 10am with a breakfast club, then a drop-in till 3pm. We have a Cookery group from 3pm- 6pm and finish with a support group from 6pm-8pm.

Each Monday we decide between us what were capable of offering for the rest of the week. Each week can be different depending on our availability and resources, we can be open anything between 10 and 35 hours a week.

Everything is open to anyone aged 18 or over to support their mental well being. If you're interested just come along, give us a call or drop us an email.

1 The Mount, Boughton, Chester, Cheshire CH3 5UD

tel: 01244 343489

email: info@chesterplus.org

web: chesterplus.org 

access: self referral

 

Chester Rethink Support Group

We provide regular support for those experiencing mental ill health who might otherwise feel alone or isolated. We provide a regular meeting place for people to share experiences, seek information, interact socially and make new friends. We meet twice a week on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm at two different locations in Chester. Anyone aged 18 or over is more than welcome. 

1 The Mount, Boughton, Chester, Cheshire CH3 5UD

tel: 07922 670521

email: chestersupportgroup@rethink.org

access: self referral and referral

 

Macclesfield Mind Drop-In       

Macclesfield Mind provides information, advice and support for people living with mental health problems in the area.

Macclesfield Mind, 3/5 Duke Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 6UR   

tel: 01625 500644         

email: jayne.maccmind@btinternet.com 

web: mind.org.uk/information-support/local-minds

access: referral and self referral

 

Parents in Mind, Halton

Our service starts in Runcorn and Widnes from June 19th and will be running weekly. 

NCT Parents in Mind is a volunteer led, peer support service for women experiencing emotional difficulties in pregnancy and up to a year after birth.  Local, trained volunteers can provide a relaxed, friendly and welcoming environment to talk, find support and information.  Some 121 support may be available.

For info and referrals please contact Catherine on the phone number below, or email us.

tel: 07702900894

email: parentsinmind.halton@nct.org.uk

web: nct.org.uk/professional/parents-in-mind

        facebook.com/nctparentsinmind

 

Romiley depression group

Meets the second Tuesday of the month in the evening and every Saturday morning 10.30am-12.30pm. Contact John and Chris.

Romiley Lifecentre, 3 Stockport Road, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4BN

tel: 0161 430 1130

email: romileydepressiongroup@hotmail.com

web: facebook.com/romileydepressiongroup

access: Self Help for Depression Groups are open to anyone affected by depression. They provide a safe and welcoming space to make new friends and help combat isolation and loneliness of depression.

 

St Helens Mental Health Forum           

The Forum aims, through partnership and collaboration, to improve the well being of people in St Helens who are directly affected by mental health problems – including families, friends and carers, as well as everyone who has mental health difficulties. 

email: k.machin@sthelensmhforum.org 

web: sthelensmhforum.wordpress.com

access: self referral

 

Wirral Mind     

Wirral Mind provides services for people who have mental health needs in Chester Street Birkenhead, St Catherine’s Hospital and in the community throughout Wirral.

The Fountain Project, 90–92 Chester Street, Birkenhead, Merseyside CH41 5DL

tel: 0151 5122200         

email: karen@wirralmind.org.uk 

web: wirralmind.org.uk

access: self referral

 


Lancashire and Greater Manchester

Ashton-under-Lyne depression self help group

We meet every Wednesday from 2-4pm

Age UK, 131 Katherine Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire OL6 7AW

tel: 0161 342 4383

access: self referral

 

Bolton depression self help groups

We meet on Thursdays and the groups are hosted by Mental Health Independent Support Team (MhIST). Contact Christine for more information.

MhIST, Hanover House, Hanover Street, Bolton, BL1 4TG 

email: christine.makinson@mhist.co.uk

access: self referral

 

Burnley depression self help group

We meet every Thursday 7.15-9pm. Please ring Janet on the number below before coming along for the first time.

Burnley and Nelson Uniter reformed Church, 1 Bethesda Street, Burnley, BB11 1PR

tel: 07923 478510

email: broadleyj@hotmail.co.uk

access: self referral

 

Community Lived Experience Organisation

Independent user led and user run group with a voice for the views of people with lived experience who are faced with emotional and social trauma. Includes advocacy and practical, emotional and social support. No charge and not time limited.

The Link Centre, 140 Union Street, Oldham OL1 1DZ    

tel: 0161 7701293          

email: cleomt@hotmail.co.uk        

access: self referral and referral

 

Empower

Offers a range of groups including Arts and Chats, a recreational mixed drop in, Women's Peer Support Group and Meditation, confidence building groups, a mental health awareness course and an alcohol support group. 

364 Ormskirk Road, Skelmersdale, WN8 9AL

tel: 07990 770783

email: nickyjane2002@hotmail.com

web: nickywhittakerempower

access: self referral and referral

 

Happy to Talk - Home-Start Central Lancs

Includes a family group and individual home visits. 

112a Market Street, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 2SL

tel: 01257 241636

email: sue@homestartcentrallancs.org.uk

access: self referral and referral

 

Mental health Independent Support Team (MhIST)

Support with OCD, self esteem, depression and anxiety, as well as groups for mindfulness, arts and crafts and recreational activities. 

Hanover House, Hanover Street, Bolton, Greater Manchester BL1 4TG

tel: 01204 527200

email: mark.durkin@mhist.co.uk

web: mhist.co.uk 

access: referral

 

The Preston Depression and Anxiety Support group

We meet most Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm. Please join our Facebook Group or get in touch with Raymond Beesley if you would like to attend a meeting.

The Dice and Donuts Cafe, 6 Butler Street, Preston, Lancashire PR1 8BN.

tel: 07597 608855

email: daprestongroup@gmail.com

web: facebook.com/groups/prestondasg

access: self referral

 

Rochdale & District Mind

Our vision is of a society that promotes and protects good mental health for all and treats people with experience of mental distress fairly, positively and with respect.

Rochdale & District Mind runs a number of facilitated self-help groups including:

  • Managing Anxiety
  • Managing Depression
  • Building Self Esteem
  • Understanding Anger
  • Stress Management
  • Coping with Significant Loss or Change
  • Assertiveness Skills

Additionally, our BME Health and Wellbeing Team’s work includes:

  • community development work with South Asian, Eastern European, African and Caribbean communities.
  • working with offenders with an experience of mental health, through the ROCAF Project
  • working with young people experiencing mental health issues, through the Listen Up Project

Our Comple@t Cafés are run by peer supporters alongside dedicated development workers who all have experience in mental health.

Our Growth project enables people to learn and practise horticulture on an allotment.

Understand the need for a holistic approach to recovery means we also support a range of wellbeing activities including:

  • Tai Chi
  • Relaxation
  • Art for Wellbeing
  • Creative Writing

All of our group activities incorporate an element of peer support.

The Mind Wellbeing Centre,

(Including Bury & N.E. Lancs)

3-11 Drake Street, Rochdale OL16 1RE

tel: 01706 752 337        

email: andrewhughes@rochdalemind.org.uk      

web: rochdalemind.org.uk

access: referral and self referral

 

Romiley depression group

Meets the second Tuesday of the month in the evening and every Saturday morning 10.30am-12.30pm. Contact John and Chris.

Romiley Lifecentre, 3 Stockport Road, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4BN

te: 0161 430 1130

email: romileydepressiongroup@hotmail.com

web: facebook.com/romileydepressiongroup

access: depression groups are open to anyone affected by depression. They provide a safe and welcoming space to make new friends and help combat the isolation and loneliness of depression.

 

Self-help Services

A charity providing support for people living in the Manchester area suffering from mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Offers a peer support service and peer-led drop-in groups.

Zion Community Resource Centre, 339 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 4ZY

tel: 0161 226 3871   

email: admin@selfhelpservices.org.uk  

web: selfhelpservices.org.uk

access: self referral

 

Stockport Mind           

Stockport Mind is an independent adult mental health charity that offers friendly, accessible support and information to promote wellbeing in the community.

Dove House, 65 Union Street, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 3NP    

tel: 0161 475 0174        

email: info@stockportmind.org.uk, Collin.McCabe@stockportmind.org.uk

web: stockportmind.org.uk

access: self referral 

 

Stockport User Friendly Forum           

We are volunteer service-user led organisation for people who experience mental distress and who have accessed mental health services.

The Well Being Centre, Chestergate, Stockport SK1 1LZ

tel: 07754 560269          

email: Stockport_uff@hotmail.com       

access: self referral

 



Carlisle

No listings for Carlisle at this time.

 

Cumbria, Durham, Northumberland & Tyne and Wear

Gosforth

Meets the first Tuesday of the month 10.30am-12 at Mawson's Beach Cafe, Seascale, and on the third Tuesday of the month 7.30- 9pm at Bradbury House Daycentre in Gosforth. Contact Sheila or Joan.

tel: 019467 21852 or 019467 25475

email: falcon626@btinternet.com

access: Self Help for Depression Groups (formerly Depression Alliance groups), are open to anyone affected by depression. They provide a safe and welcoming space to make new friends and help combat isolation and loneliness of depression.

 

CONTACT Morpeth

Contact is a community mental health service which aims to empower people with confidence and self-esteem to lead a life free from isolation and stigma in the modern world.

7 Grey's Yard, Oldgate, Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 1QD

tel: 01670 510 652

email: contact@contactmorpeth.org.uk

web:  contactmorpeth.org.uk

access: self referral

 

Darlington Mind        

The Peer Support project offers individuals the opportunity to access support, advice, information and education to aid personal recovery and growth. We offer you the chance to participate in an extensive and exciting programme of activities which adapts to meet the group’s preferences.

St Hildas HO, 11 Brough Rd, Darlington DL1 1SQ      

tel: 01325 283169                   

email: darlingtonmindltd@hotmail.co.uk       

web: darlingtonmind.com

access: referral

 

Derwentside Mind    

We provide practical and emotional support to people from 14+ years with social activity groups including a women’s group, music group, creative writing group and social group.

Consett office, 22 Nelson St, Consett, Co Durham DH8 5RA 

tel: 01207 591785       

email: helpdesk@derwentsidemind.co.uk

web: derwentsidemind.co.uk

access: referral and self referral

 

Hartlepool Mind

Groups include a peer support group (male & female groups), a craft group, Mind Readers and a walking group.

Crown Buildings, Tees Street, Hartlepool TS24 8HB  

tel: 01429 269303       

email: info@hartlepoolmind.co.uk       

web: hartlepoolmind.co.uk

access: self referral

 

Launchpad    

We are all (staff included) people who use mental health services in and around Newcastle upon Tyne. We work to ensure that the voice of the service user is heard in all the decision-making bodies that affect mental health.

Floor 5, Broadacre House, Market Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6HQ

tel: 0191 2330382      

email: launchpadncl@aol.com 

web: launchpadncl.org.uk

access: self referral

 

Mental Health North East

Peers with lived experience of mental health problems benefit from training to build their skills, confidence and experience in a variety of areas. The Service Users in Action project gives participants a voice to enact real significance and lasting change within mental health, particularly to target gatekeepers and policy makers. 

Our award winning peer-led radio show and podcast Mentally Sound entertains and educates an audience on a variety of issues aroud mental health. 

Mental Health North East Co-op, Birtley CDC, Drum Park, Chester le Street, County Durham DH2 1AE

tel: 0191 4111962

email: gareth.cooper@mhne.org.uk

web: mhne.org.uk

access: self referral and referral

 

Men Tell Health

A website devoted to men and mental health. As well as a wealth of online resources, we offer a peer-led, non-judgemental environment for men to come together, get things off their chest and talk.

email: info@mentelhealth.org

web: mentelhealth.org

access: self referral

 

Newton Aycliffe Mind           

Services include befriending, drop in, support groups, a gardening group and an older people’s group.

10-11 Silverdale House, Silverdale Place, Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham DL5 7DZ      

tel: 01325 300121      

email: aycliffemind@googlemail.com

 

ReCoCo - The Recovery College Collective

An exciting, innovative and responsive mental health collective collaborative, led and run by and for service users and carers, bringing together the voluntary and statutory sectors, organisations large and small. ReCoCo centres of peer support, sharing, mutuality and pooling our strengths, talents and knowledge.

Floor 5, Broadacre House, Market Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6HQ

tel: 0191 2610948

email: info@recoverycoco.com

web: recoverycoco.com

 

Sunderland Mind      

Groups include our drop in, Girls Allowed, an anxiety group, Knit & Natter and our scrapbooking club.

14 Norfolk St, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR11EA  

tel: 0191 5657218      

email: dgardmal@yahoo.co.uk

web: sunderlandmind.co.uk

access: self referral

 

Tyneside Mind

Groups include walking group, gardening group, healthy living group and a PD group (women).

Wellbeing Centre, Dunsmuir Grove, Bensham, Gateshead NE8 4QL  

tel: 0191 4774545      

email: admin@tynesidemind.org.uk     

web: tynesidemind.org.uk

access: referral

 

Sunderland - The Connect Group

Meets every Tuesday 11am-12.30pm. Contact Monica.

Headlight, 14 Mary Street, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR1 3NH

tel: 0191 510 1494

email: sunderland.headlight@hotmail.co.uk

access: Self Help for Depression Groups (formerly Depression Alliance groups), are open to anyone affected by depression. They provide a safe and welcoming space to make new friends and help combat isolation and loneliness of depression.

 

Washington Mind     

Washington Mind is a local independent charity offering a range of mental health and wellbeing services and training to respond to the needs of local people.

The Life House, Grasmere Terrace, Columbia, Washington, NE38 7LP     

tel: 0191 417 8043     

email: info@washingtonmind.org.uk

web: washingtonmind.org.uk

access: referral and self referral

 



West & South Yorkshire

Barnsley Mind

Rotherham & Barnsley Mind is committed to promoting good mental health and emotional well-being by providing high quality support in a variety of settings.

Arcadia House, 72 Market St, Barnsley S70 1SN        

tel: 01226 211188       

email: contactus@rbmind.co.uk       

web: rbmind.co.uk

 

Bradford Depression Support Group

Meets Thursdays 10.00-11.30am

St Oswald's West End Centre, St Oswald's Church, Christopher St, Little Norton, Bradford, BD5 9DH

email: fran.westend@outlook.com

phone: 07539 204492

access: Self Help for Depression Groups (formerly Depression Alliance groups), are open to anyone affected by depression. They provide a safe and welcoming space to make new friends and help combat isolation and loneliness of depression.

 

Doncaster Mind

We run a range of community mental health services including a befriending group, INVOLVE, arts & crafts and a walking group.

27-29 Netherhall Rd, Doncaster DN1 2PG     

tel: 01302 812505       

email: office@doncastermind.org.uk   

web: doncastermind.org.uk

access: self referral

 

Halifax (Shibden)

Meets monthly on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 1.00-3.00pm. No meetings in August

1-2 Lane Ends, Shibden, Halifax HX3 7UW 

tel: 01422 368 435

access: Self Help for Depression Groups (formerly Depression Alliance groups), are open to anyone affected by depression. They provide a safe and welcoming space to make new friends and help combat isolation and loneliness of depression.

 

Healthy Minds Calderdale

We offer numerous peer support groups along with an anti stigma project, Roshni project, volunteering opportunities, recovery courses and forum meetings. 

VAC Hall Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX1 5AY

tel: 01422 345154

email: info@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

web: healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

access: self referral and referral

 

Hearing Voices Network      

Limbrick Centre, Limbrick Road, Sheffield S6 2PE     

tel: 0114 271 8210     

email: peterbullimore@yahoo.co.uk      

web: hearing-voices.org/area/south-yorkshire

 

Leeds Mind   

The Leeds Mind Wellbeing Service is a city-wide service that provides a range of options to support people in their recovery journey, including befriending, a peer support group, a men’s group, a women’s group, a youth group and a spirituality group

11 Clarence Rd, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 4LB 

tel: 0113 3055800       

email: leeds.mind@leedsmind.org.uk  

web: leedsmind.org.uk

access: self referral

 

Leeds Mind Peer Support

Offers skills-based courses and workshops, support groups, activity and social groups, along with opportunities to facilitate and develop peer support activities.

Clarence House, 11 Clarence Road, Hosforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 4LB

tel: 0113 3055803 

email: peersupport@leedsmind.org.uk

web: Groupworksleedsmind.org

access: Self referral and referral

 

Mental Health Users Representatives (MHUR)  

MHUR aims to present a collective voice of service users. It aims to promote mental health issues and to improve mental health services in Sheffield, to speak out for users and to promote their involvement in services. 

C/o 1 Galsworthy Avenue, Southey, Sheffield S58 QU   

tel: 01142 214263          

email: angela.mhur2@virgin.net

web: sheffieldmentalhealth.org.uk

access: self referral

 

Mental health action group Sheffield (MHAGS)   

MHAGS offers a cheerful and respectful environment for those who have or have previously experienced mental health problems. We aim to create a safe environment for members to come and meet others for support, a chat and friendship.

2nd Floor, Castle Market, Exchange St, Sheffield S1 2AH

tel: 0114 2737666         

email: admin@mhags.org.uk      

web: mhagsheffield.org

access: self referral

 

Rotherham Mind       

Groups include men’s groups, women’s groups, Creative Minds, a coffee morning group and a music group.

Amberley Court, 1 Effingham St, Rotherham S65 1BL           

tel: 01709 367648       

email: contactus@rbmind.co.uk          

web: rbmind.co.uk

access: referral and self referral

 

Mind in Bradford

Includes a range of peer support groups:

Moving Forward (by men, for men). A friendly support group for exploring the world of mental health, including how to increase confidence, improve communication, manage anxiety and understand depression. Meets Wednesdays 1-3pm at Mind in Bradford, and Thursdays 1-3pm at All Saints Church, Highfield Lane, Keighley, Bradford BD21 2DW.

Moving Forward (women). A friendly support group for increasing confidence, improving communication, becoming more assertive, managing anxiety and understanding depression. You will develop goals with action plans to create positive change. Meets Tuesdays 1-3pm at Mind in Bradford. 

OCD support group, meets the first Monday of each month

Depression support group, meets Mondays 7pm

Anxiety group, meets Tuesdays 7pm

Mindfulness group, meets Thursday 7pm

Mind in Bradford, 1st Floor, Tradeforce Building, Cornwall Place, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD8 7JT

tel: 01274 730815

email: alanwilson@mindinbradford.org.uk

web: mindinbradford.org.uk

access: self referral and referral

 

Sheffield LIGHT      

Light is run by volunteers providing peer to peer support, buddying, telephone and email support to families affected by perinatal mental heath illnesses, including post natal depression and anxiety.     

Office 27, WBC, Jessell St, Sheffield SS9 3HY  

tel: 07400 626064          

email: Sheffieldlight@gmail.com           

web: lightsheffield.org.uk

access: self referral

 

Sheffield Mind          

We offer a range of services and support to enable people to lead healthy and fulfilling lives including a social group, an art group, a yoga group, a relaxation group, social cafes, a discussion group, a food group and an art group.

57 Wostenholm Rd, Sheffield S7 1LE 

tel: 0114 258 4489       

email: info@sheffieldmind.co.uk         

web: sheffieldmind.co.uk

access: self referral

 

Sheffield Mental Health CAB

Sheffield Mental Health Citizens Advice Bureau and Advocacy Service is committed to the wellbeing of all those who use mental health services in Sheffield.

Michael Carlisle Centre, Nether Edge Hospital, Osbourne Rd, Sheffield S11 9BF     

tel: 0114 271805        

email: smhcab@cabnet.org.uk

web: smhcab.org.uk

access: self referral

 

Sheffield SHIP 

Sheffield SHIP is a user controlled project that aims to increase mental health self-help activity in Sheffield. Contact Patrick

Voluntary Action Sheffield, The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW  

tel: 0114 253 6626

email: p.wood@vas.org.uk    

web: vas.org.uk / sheffieldship.wordpress.com

access: self referral

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