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 every one of them is unique because they grow and develop according to the needs and aspirations of those who use them. 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.

Be part of something

With over a 140 groups running across England, it is easy to become part of our community. Polly tells us: “It is great to be part of a group of people who understand what it is like to have a relative with mental health problems. They support me and don’t think the things I am going through are strange. Wouldn’t you like that kind of support?”. Find your nearest group today by using the search box below.

Important update

9th March 2022

Whilst some of our groups have resumed there normal face to face activities, many are still experiencing restrictions. Therefore please contact the group before trying to attend. Alternatively if you experience problems contacting the group you can contact us nationally at groups@rethink.org with your enquiry. Please include the name of the group you are enquiring about or the area you are looking for a group in.

We will strive to ensure our group pages are kept up to date, however due to the ever changing nature of the pandemic, group meeting information can quickly become out dated, which is why we would stress that you contact the group prior to attending.

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