Rethink Mental Illness

Community Support for those in need

We’ll set up one new peer support group for people severely affected by mental illness. Our support groups improve mental health and wellbeing, increase skills and training opportunities, and reduce social isolation. Peer support from others with similar experiences can be vital in challenging times

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

Registered Charity in England and Wales (271028)

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Social isolation is a problem for those who either have lived experience of mental illness, or care for someone who does. Community care is still an area where resources are stretched and people can slip through the cracks – ending back in crisis care, or worse, if nothing is done to support them. And on the carer side, 13% of the 7 million unpaid carers across the UK care for someone with mental illness. Carers are twice as likely as the general population to develop a mental health problem.


Our peer support groups around the country benefit both these sets of people. Philippa tells us: “It felt incredibly positive to be part of a group. Being with them made a huge difference – these were people like me. I could share my concerns and my frustrations, and they’d understand straight away.” Our support groups tailor their activities to the specific needs of their group – some examples are art, gardening, reading, group discussions, and physical activities like yoga.