Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.

Whether you're feeling good right now, or really low, it's a safe place to share experiences and listen to others. Elefriends is moderated daily by the Ele handler team from 10am to midnight.

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Elefriends will be changing to Side by Side

We’ve been doing some research into what’s working well and what could be improved on the Elefriends platform. As a result of the research, soon we’ll be introducing a new platform to create the best possible online community for anyone with experience of a mental health problem. 

It’s called Side by Side, and it’s launching this year. Side by Side will keep all the things you’ve told us you like the most about Elefriends, as well as new features to help you get the most out of the community.

Elefriends will be closing in the coming months, but only when we're happy that Side by Side is working as our community want it to. There won’t be a time when you’ll be without access to support from our online community. 

Be one of the first to try Side by Side

From Tuesday 17 March to Tuesday 31 March, there will be a ‘closed beta’ phase where a limited number of people will test the site so that we can check everything works before we make it available to everyone.  When the beta version of Side by Side is launched, Elefriends will remain open as usual for a short time, and then be replaced with a fully supported Side by Side community. 

Thanks to everyone who registered for the 'closed beta' phase. Registration has now closed to be part of the testing. We'll be updating the results of the 'closed beta' phase after it ends on 31 March. 

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