New Mental Health Peer Support group launching in Wilmslow

The national charity Rethink Mental Illness will be hosting a drop-in session at Wilmslow
library on Monday 26th November between 5pm and 7pm for people to come and find out
about our voluntary run peer support groups. Rethink Mental Illness supports over 130 local peer support groups in England which are run by people with their own experience of mental health issues and/or their carers and family members. The groups provide empathy, acceptance and reassurance and are a place where people can share experience and receive guidance from peers in similar situations. The groups also provide an opportunity for information and for members to increase their self-
confidence. Rethink Mental Illness offers a range of support to people who wish to set up their own peer
support groups, they get access to staff support, training, and help with promotional and fundraising activities. Groups are also supported to get involved with national campaigns and to run their own ones locally if they wish. There are already successful several peer support groups in Cheshire where peers come together through informal groups for support and friendship. Polly, Rethink Mental Illness
Group Member commented: “It is great to be part of a group of people who understand what it is like to have a relative with mental health problems. They support me and don’t think the things I am going
through are strange. Wouldn’t you like that kind of support?”
Anyone can come along for a coffee and chat or get in touch with them anytime via email
groups@rethink.org_ or phone (01823 365327).