Our peer support groups

Our groups are run by volunteers, many of who have lived experience of mental illness either personally or in a caring role. We have over one hundred and forty groups meeting across the country and everyone is unique because they grow and develop according to the needs and aspirations of those who use them. We have groups that meet for support, friendship, arts and more specific diagnosis groups and carers groups. What they have in common is the support, understanding and acceptance one can only get from someone who has been where you are.

The difference they make

Groups can help you build self-confidence, become more informed and this may lead to you becoming more in control of your life They help you feel you are not so alone. Joining a Rethink Mental Illness group opens up opportunities to get involved with our national work. At Rethink Mental Illness we put the experience of those we support at the heart of everything we do. “I feel the group has given me a reason to get out and socialise and meet other people. I also really enjoy the trips out with the group”.

Why not set one up?

If you don’t have a group in your area you can start one! “Belonging to a group like ours that helps to give carers and service users a voice is so important. The group has also enabled me to have a voice locally”. We can help. Our Group Development Officers will work with you to develop the group. We can help you find funding and lots more so just email or ring us to have a chat. The Involvement Team (Taunton office) Phone: 01823 365308 Email: groups@rethink.org

“The group means so much to so many people. Some come regularly, others occasionally. It’s a safety net and a lifeline.”

Chris, Cheshire

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Looking to set up a group?

We have over 140 groups across England but we'd love to expand that. Why not set up a group in your area? Our introduction to groups leaflet has everything you need to know.

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