Online support

Online groups, activities and community support

Andy's Man Club runs mental health support groups for men. Weekly meetings are currently postponed but members can access online meetings. The club is also hoping to set up support for new people. Please contact them by emailing info@andysmanclub.co.uk for more information, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Battle Scars runs survivor-led groups which provide support to people who self-harm, their carers and families. All face-to-face services including groups are suspended until further notice. Their online group is available for support.

Carers Leeds - the organisation that supports unpaid carers in Leeds has launched free online wellbeing workshops to help people look after their own health and wellbeing. You can find out more and book a place on a workshop on their website.

Cloth Cat Leeds - their Man About Town group for men in South Leeds has moved online. The group encourages men who may be socially isolated with creative, practical and fun sessions including both music and the digital arts. Groups and activities are available online, see their Facebook page or contact enquiries@clothcatleeds.org.uk. New members welcome.

Connect in the North are running a programme of activities for people with learning disabilities. Find the timetable and message them on their Facebook page or email info@peoplemattersleeds.co.uk.

Death Cafes - these usually meet to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death and dying in a relaxed environment. Leeds Bereavement Forum is holding their first virtual Death Cafe on Wednesday 13 May from 11-11.40am on Zoom. Email them to find out more and get the password: jane.robinson@lbforum.org.uk

Frazzled Cafe online - meetings have gone online hosted by Ruby Wax. Frazzled Cafe offer confidential and non-judgmental peer support, where people who are feeling overwhelmed by the stresses of life can talk openly, connect and feel heard.

Humans Being - currently offering a Long Distance Social Club for men, using Zoom to meet up once a week. Open to men in a range of Leeds postcodes, Humans Being will help people get set up to use Zoom on their phone, tablet or computer. See the Humans Being website.

Leeds Inspired has listings for online events including creative cafes and cinema hangouts.

Leeds Mind Peer Support offers online sessions so that people can talk to others sharing personal experience and empathy, focuses on strengths, and developing skills and strategies to maintain wellbeing. People can join the online support groups and book online workshops and courses by visiting leedsmind.org.uk/our-services/peer-support/about-peersupport/ You can also get updates about the #LeedsMindTogether campaign blogs, videos and tips.

Live Well Leeds offers community-based support to people in Leeds with mild to moderate mental health difficulties. The service is offering telephone support sessions, online support groups, online creative community groups and referrals to sources of food and other practical help. Check out the service website. Contact 0113 219 2727 or info@livewellleeds.org.uk.

Live Well Leeds LGBT+ group - the social group is running online, using Zoom. LGBT+ people in Leeds who are struggling with their mental health at the moment are welcome to join. Contact 0113 219 2727 or info@livewellleeds.org.uk or follow them on Twitter @LivewellLGBT.

Leeds Wood Recycling - will be running woodwork tutorials online using Zoom for people in Leeds who are struggling with social isolation and loneliness. People will need to be online (computer, smartphone or tablet with access to the internet) and a have safe space to work. These tutor-led sessions are for suitable for people with no woodworking experience. There will be two morning or afternoon sessions per week, for two weeks, and Leeds Wood Recycling will provide a flatpack of all the materials and loan a pack of tools if needed. You can find their website here. To find out more about the workshops, contact Sam Williamson, their Community Engagement Worker Sam Williamson: Tel 07812 403 772 or email leedswoodrecycling.community@gmail.com

Through The Maze - is an information service for adults with learning disabilities, their family carers and professionals. They've updated their weekly timetable to show online groups and events for people in Leeds. They also have other ideas for activities you can try online on their website.

Your Space Leeds - has online groups and socials via their Facebook page including their Chocolate, Chill & Chat and Journaling groups.

Online tools and courses

MindWell self-help information and resources
MindWell has information to understand and manage problems like anxiety, stress, panic attacks and low moods. It can also help you to access a wide range of self-help tools and techniques to help you to feel calmer and cope better with life's challenges:

Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service online courses
If you are 17 or over and registered with a Leeds GP, you can access free online Omnitherapy courses delivered by NHS therapists. Courses can help you cope with a range of mental health difficulties including panic attacks, stress and anxiety, and depression. LMWS also offer a course in mindfulness and a course that can help understand your feelings if you've recently experienced a bereavement.

RecoveryCollegeOnline is an online college that offers free courses on topics such as sleeping problems, anxiety and stress.

NHS Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust, who provide specialist mental health and learning disabilities services in Leeds, has put together some resources and tools for their service users and members of the public.

Leeds Recovery College - face-to-face courses have been suspended but you can access helpful information including newsletters wth wellbeing tips and tools on the college website.

NHS app library - access a range of apps and digital tools through the NHS app library that can help you cope better with stress and anxiety. You can also access a free introduction to the Be Mindful NHS course.

Elefriends is a supportive online community, managed by Mind, where you can be yourself. It's a safe place to listen, share and be heard.


Guides to using groups and staying safe online

If you're new to using Zoom or WhatsApp or aren't sure about being safe online, take a look at these guides, which are suitable for anyone to read or watch.

Easy Read information to help people with learning difficulties use Zoom, from Learning Disability Wales.

How to install and use Zoom on a computer - from People in Action.

How to install and use Zoom on a smartphone - from People in Action.

Easy Read guide to using WhatsApp groups, from Learning Disability England.

Easy Read guide to Keeping safe online from CHANGE.

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