The difference we make
Each year hundreds of people turn to our network of support groups for help and information in their own community. These groups offer a much needed space to meet other people affected by mental illness and to information from their peers. Paul, a member of our Canterbury & Coastal Carers group tell us about the support gets from his local group.
“My wife developed bipolar disorder after our second child. Through the years, there has never been e
nough support when we needed it.
The most difficult thing was trying to make sense of dealing with everyday situations. How should I react? How can I best support her?
About 3 years ago we found a Rethink Mental Illness carer support group, and now I rarely miss the monthly meeting.
The group is a safe, relaxed, and confidential environment where we’re all encouraged to support each other. It’s free to attend, and very welcoming.
Though the group coordinators don’t give specific advice, their knowledge of the mental health system and where support or guidance can be found is superb, and so reassuring for all of us attending.
Chris and Cheryl (carers themselves) provide superb up-to-date knowledge, and promote the excellent Rethink Mental Illness support available – whether it’s the extensive factsheets or the advice line.
I’ve found the support group invaluable to me – particularly in feeling less isolated. And I now have a personal coping strategy, and some actions I can take to ease each individual situation.
We’ve found support that gives us both hope. We really appreciate being part of the Rethink Mental Illness family!”
Each year, some of your donations go towards the set-up and ongoing support of groups like these, all around the country.
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Contact our Advice team about mental health & related issues
0300 5000 927 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4pm, not including bank holidays