Peer support brings together people with similar experiences so that they can help and support each other. Joining a support group can help you to develop effective ways of coping in a safe, friendly and supportive space.

Many groups are facilitated by people who work in mental health services or volunteers with their own experience of mental health problems. Groups may focus on talking about mental health or an activity that improves your wellbeing and offer advice and information.

Social or activity groups give you the chance to meet like-minded people, make friends and try activities you enjoy.

Some of the groups for parents have more emphasis on mental health than others but all focus on the wellbeing of parents in one way or another. If you’re feeling low or struggling with your mental health, there are likely to be other parents at all these groups who are feeling the same way you do. Please note: none of these groups offer crisis support. If you feel like you cannot cope and need urgent help please go to Need urgent help?

Carers’ groups are peer support, support or activity groups for people who are helping a friend or family member due to their illness, disability, mental health issue or a substance misuse problem, but are not paid to help.