Free Support Groups

What are Free Peer Support Groups?

Free peer support groups are where members of the community come together to share experiences and support one another.

Groups are usually facilitated by one or two people and are made up of individuals who have similar experiences – for example, this could mean experiences of hearing voices and seeing visions, experiences of paranoia or unusual beliefs, or experiences of anxiety.

Peer support groups welcome people whether or not they have a diagnosis of a mental health problem. These groups are open to different ways of seeing and understanding experiences.

Peer support groups are not a kind of therapy. Rather, they are based on a strong ethos of peer support and self-help.

How do I join?

Email us at phoenix@mindincamden.org.uk or call us on 020 7241 8973 to let us know if you're interested in joining a group and when you would like to start. After that, all you need to do is fill out this.

What does it cost?

All peer support groups are free and open to anyone, no matter where you live, provided you fit the demographic and are affected by the issues discussed.

What's on offer

Days and Times: Fridays 11.00 - 12noon (ongoing).

Venue: Barnes House downstairs

About The Group

This group provides a safe and supportive space for all kinds of people experiencing anxiety. It is an opportunity to share how anxiety affects you and enable you to find ways to manage it through sharing coping strategies with other group members.

Often people find talking to others that have similar lived experiences, comforting and helpful, breaking the sense of isolation that can come with suffering.

People who use Mind in Camden's Anxiety Group may experience anxiety linked to different forms of mental ill health, trauma, or other adverse life events.

About The Facilitators

The facilitators are Ann Salman, Debby Klein, Thania Begum and Demetris Christofides.

Day and Times: Tuesdays 12.00 noon – 1.00 pm (ongoing).

About The Group

A a safe haven where people who hear, see or sense things that other people don’t can feel accepted, valued and understood.

Somewhere between 3 and 10% of people hear voices, see visions or have other unusual sensory experiences. Mind in Camden's Hearing Voices Group understands that voice-hearing is not, in itself, an indicator of mental illness - instead it can instead be as a meaningful human experience that has many possible origins.

People who use Mind in Camden's Hearing Voices Groups may hear voices or see visions linked to different forms of mental ill health, trauma, cultural or spiritual experiences, dissociation or adverse life events. Some may view their voices as problematic, whereas others may find them helpful and wish to have somewhere safe and confidential to talk about them. A key aspect of the groups is providing space for people to come to their own conclusions about their experiences, rather than feeling pressured to adopt a particular understanding.

Hearing Voices Groups can help reduce the stigma and isolation often associated with distressing voices/visions, support people in making sense of unusual experiences and help members find ways of coping with them.

Hearing Voices Groups at Mind in Camden are members of the National Hearing Voices Network.

A women-only Hearing Voices Group runs on Fridays at Barnes House. Please see below for more information.

About The Facilitators

The facilitators are Richard Briginshaw, Demetris Christofides and Luca Mazzia.

Day and Times: Thursdays 5pm-6pm (ongoing).

About The Group

A support group based on a strong ethos of self-help for people who have beliefs that others may find unusual, that they are marginalised for or find hard to live with.

About The Facilitator

This group is facilitated by Edgar Causey, Rosie Nelmes and Emil Berleen.

Day and Times: Fridays 2.30 pm- 3.30 pm (ongoing).

Venue: Barnes House downstairs

About The Group

A facilitated space for women with shared experiences to come together and support one another. It’s a safe haven where people who hear, see or sense things that other people don’t can feel accepted, valued and understood.

Somewhere between 3 and 10% of people hear voices, see visions or have other unusual sensory experiences. Mind in Camden’s Women’s Hearing Voices Group understands that voice-hearing is not, in itself, an indicator of mental illness. Instead, it can be seen as a meaningful human experience that has many possible origins.

People who use Mind in Camden's Hearing Voices Groups may hear voices or see visions linked to different forms of mental ill health, trauma, cultural or spiritual experiences, dissociation or adverse life events.

Some may view their voices as problematic, whereas others may find them helpful and wish to have somewhere safe and confidential to talk about them. A key aspect of the groups is providing space for people to come to their own conclusions about their experiences, rather than feeling pressured to adopt a particular understanding.

Hearing Voices Groups at Mind in Camden are members of the National Hearing Voices Network.

About The Facilitators

This group is facilitated by Cathy Scoines and Amy Lazarou.

Adult Self Support Group Referral Form

Mind in Camden, Counselling Service, Barnes House, 9-15 Camden Road, NW1 9LQ

Tel: 0207 241 8973 Fax: 0207 241 8987

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