Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other. Forms of peer support include:
Support is based on sharing experiences and agreeing a reason for meeting. How you choose to meet up or connect with people is very flexible and depends on your personal preferences. Peer support can improve your emotional health, wellbeing and sense of belonging.
A vital part of peer support is mutual respect; peer support aims to help both those giving and receiving support. Everyone's experiences are treated as equally important, so you might find this gives you a different experience to more traditional support options.
Use the search below to find a community led peer support group in your area. Mind does not run the groups listed on this directory, and is not responsible for the content, advice and support they provide. We always suggest you contact each local group directly to find out more and if it's the right group for you.
Find out what peer support groups and services your local Mind is running. You’ll need to check that you are eligible for some local Mind services.
This directory was created in 2013 using data gathered from a Mind study to scope mental health peer support: Piecing together the Jigsaw.
We are happy to for new community peer support groups to join the directory. This means more people can find and access peer support locally or online.
Complete the directory application form here
Mind does not run the groups listed on the directory, and is not responsible for the content, advice and support that they provide. We always suggest you contact each local group directly to find out more. Community peer support groups can quickly change their status and it is possible that a group listed on this directory is no longer running or the groups contact details are not working. Please let us know by emailing [email protected] (updated July 2021)
Due to Covid19 and government advice some groups are now meeting online. Please contact each group to find out if they are currently meeting.
Depression Alliance no longer exists as a charity. The continuing self-help groups and related peer support exists independently of Mind and the former Depression Alliance.