Our peer support groups offer a safe place to meet with others who have had similar experiences.
Each group runs slightly differently, as decided by the group members. Some groups prefer just to chat whilst others like to plan activities or discuss particular topics but all groups agree ground rules about how they want their group to be for example, keeping personal information confidential. All groups extend a warm welcome to new members and you can expect them to be non-judgmental because they have had similar experiences. We recognise that everybody’s needs and situations are different so we like to speak to you before you join one of the groups to check it’s what you are looking for and to give you the chance to ask any questions you might have.
What are the benefits of Peer Support groups?
Mutual support in a non-judgemental setting, where confidentiality is respected.
An opportunity to talk with other people who have ‘been there’, and willing to share their lived experiences of mental health difficulties.
An opportunity to give as well as receive emotional support.
Swapping experiences and learning new ways to manage and deal with problems.
Gaining inspiration from others and learning from their recovery journeys.
Sharing information about mental health issues and local provision.
Taking a more active role in health, wellbeing and recovery.
Reduction in social isolation.
An increase in social opportunities/social circle.
Developing new skills.
A sense of being more in control of one’s own recovery.
Increased self-esteem and self-confidence
Deaf Support Group
Deaf Talk group is for 'talking and listening'
A safe place to share and meet people, and speak your mind. An interpreter will be present.
The group meet virtually every Tuesday evening 6:00pm – 8:00pm Via Zoom
Prior to attending you will need to speak to a member of staff at Black Country Mental Health. You can make an enquiry using the button below or by calling/texting Sandra on 01384 685060.
Zoom Online Support Group
Started during lock down a friendly and welcoming online support group using Zoom so people can meet online from the safety of their own homes.
The group meet virtually every Thursday evening 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Prior to attending you will need to speak to a member of staff at Black Country Mental Health.
Building Bridges - Anxiety & Depression Self Help Group
Building Bridges is a peer support group for anxiety and depression.
At the group you can talk about some of the difficulties you have faced and support each another to find new ways to manage.
This group meets weekly on a Monday evening from 7pm – 9pm in Dudley and you would be welcome to join us if you are finding your anxiety and/or depression difficult to manage.
New Connections - Anxiety & Depression Support Group
New Connections is a new peer support group for people affected by anxiety and depression, where you can come and share experiences in a safe, non-judgemental setting with other who understand.
The group meet every week in person on a Wednesday mornings 11:00am – 1:00pm in Stourbridge.
Prior to attending you will need to speak to a member of staff.