Rethink Mental Illness

Community peer support - mental illness

Set up peer support groups for people severely affected by mental illness, including carers. These 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 5:44 PM, 28 November 2018 to 5:44 PM, 28 November 2018

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: • “Coming to the group was an eye-opener, I thought I was the only one having to deal with this and it’s been great to know I’m not alone.” • “Thanks to the group we’ve learnt such a lot and have confidence in ourselves and in the future.” 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 running.