Peer support and support groups
Peer support brings together people with similar experiences so that they can help, encourage and support each other. Joining a peer support group can help you to develop effective ways of coping in a safe, friendly and supportive environment.
Leeds Mind Peer Support - offers face-to-face and online support including support groups, free courses and workshops. Check the website for a current programme.
Leeds Survivor-led Crisis Service - run a number of weekly daytime groups including an LGBT Group, a Trans Group, a Hearing Voices Group and a BME men's group. You can find out about the groups and how to get in touch on the LSLCS website.
Community Options - run by Community Links, provides both one-to-one and group support to individuals with mental health issues to help build skills and confidence. Access the criteria and a referral form.
Battle Scars runs survivor-led groups which provide support to people who self-harm (includes eating disorders), their carers and families as well as professionals. Battle Scars run several adult support groups (each running every four weeks) in different areas of Leeds. They also have a Facebook support group. You can find out all the times, places or details on their website.
The Space - a peer led supportive community for members who are in recovery from drugs or alcohol and/or mental health problems.
Carers Leeds - run 26 monthly carers groups across the city.
Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service - offer individual support, peer group support, drop-ins and counselling.
The Mental Health Support Group - meets every Saturday 12-2pm at the Broadlea Community Centre. This friendly support group help each other by talking and sharing experiences.
Peer Talk - Facing Depression Together - friendly peer support group meets in All Saints, Church Batley every Wednesday 1.30-3pm.
Anxiety Leeds - a peer support group for people suffering from anxiety or panic attacks. The group meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month, from 6.30-8.15 pm in meeting room B36 on B Floor, Clarendon Wing at Leeds General Infirmary.
Dosti - a safe and confidential support service improving women's mental health in Leeds. It offers therapeutic group and individual support which is specific to meet the diverse needs of Asian women. The staff speak various Asian languages. You can refer yourself to the service or be referred. See their website for more details, or contact the office at Touchstone on 0113 203 8893.
Touchstone Support Centre - is for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people who live in Leeds, who either have mental health needs, care for those with mental ill health or are at risk of developing mental ill health. The Centre supports people with a holistic approach that includes one-to-one support, activity and social groups, information and weekly groups. You can find out about the support they offer, how to be referred and download a form on their website.
Sikh Elders Service - run by Touchstone for Sikh men and women aged 55+ who live in Leeds. The aim is to improve the health and well-being of older Sikh people, by supporting them to live independently and live fulfilling lives. The Service includes one-to-one support and group activities, information, practical support and befriending. You can refer yourself or be referred to this service. Contact them by phone 0113 216 3143 (Punjabi line) or see their website for details.
THRU peer support - led by Leeds Mind, the THRU (Talk, Help, Relate, Understand) project offers peer support group work for young people aged between 16 and 25. The group helps young people work on things like managing stress, confidence building and self esteem.
Yorkshire Mesmac - offer support and social groups for LGB&T communities in Yorkshire.
Unique Minds - a group for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) men who live in Leeds, run by Touchstone and Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service. The group meets on Thursdays from 3-5 pm at Touchstone Support Centre, Harehills Lane, LS8 4EX. You can just turn up to the group, or contact Patrick to find out more: phone 0113 260 9328 or email email@example.com
Leeds Dads is a voluntary organisation that brings dads in Leeds together. Leeds Dads hosts playgroups for dads and kids, organises social events and provides information and expert parenting support.
M.I.N.T. Men In Need Together - a support group for men with weekly meetings in Morley and Tingley. The group meets twice weekly for tea and biscuits and non-judgemental support:
- Tuesdays from 7.00-8.30pm at St Peters Church, Churwell Hill, Morley, Leeds LS27 9NX
- Wednesdays from 7.00-9.00pm at West Ardsley Methodist Church, 203 Haigh Moor Road, Tingley WF3 1EN
They also have a free gym session running with a safe space alongside, for a workout, chill out and chat. The gym is closed to non M.I.N.T members: Saturdays from 4.00-5.30pm at Joe G's Fitness Centre, Topcliffe Mill, Topcliffe Lane, Morley, Leeds LS27 0HL.
Andy's Man Club - offers a safe place for men to talk about issues and problems they are facing (or have faced) with other men in similar situations. The Leeds meeting runs on Mondays (non bank holidays) from 7.00-8.00pm at Leeds College of Building, North Street, Leeds LS2 7QT.
You can find more men's groups here.
Getaway Girls - an organisation based in Harehills which supports and empowers disadvantaged young women to help boost their confidence and life skills.
W.I.S.H (Women In Silence Heard) - free women-only gym session running with a safe space alongside, for a workout, chill out and chat (gym only open to W.I.S.H. members), running on Mondays from 7.30 - 9.00pm at Joe Gs Fitness Centre, Topcliffe Mill, Topcliffe Lane, Morley, Leeds LS27 0HL.