When you are living through a challenging or anxious time, family and friends may sympathise, but they don’t always know what to say or the best way to help. That is where a Support Group can be invaluable.
North Staffs Mind provide a range of Support Groups (free to access) that are designed to bring people together who are dealing with similar difficult circumstances. They offer a safe place where you can get information that’s practical, constructive and helpful. They provide encouragement, and you will also earn more about coping with your problems through shared experiences by talking to others who are facing similar challenges.
There are 4 main benefits of a Support Group:
Learn better coping strategies
At a support group, you will learn new coping skills from people who have found success using them first-hand. You might learn helpful tips that you have not considered before that can help you set healthy boundaries and function better.
Grow through shared experience
At a support group, you can get things off your chest. Sharing your own expereinces with a group can help ease your emotional burden and feelings of isolation. You will also gain valuable insight about how others are dealing with similar issues.
Focus on self-care
At a support group, you might learn to feel better about yourself. This boost in self respect can help you to feel mentally and physically stronger, thus combat fatigue.
Maintaining a sense of hope
At a support group, you are around fellow support group members who are gaining a positive benefit. This in turn will help boost your own mood and sense of optimism, giving you the emotional reserve to realistically envision a better future.
In addition to our Support Groups, we also offer Drop In sessions where anyone can just come along and benefit from general support, advice, one-off interventions/strategies and signposting.
Our Adult Support Groups and Drop In sessions are all free to access and are available at the days and times detailed below:
SOCIAL SUPPORT GROUP (over 18) – Every Tuesday 6:00pm – 9:00pm
RVS Building, Charles Street, Hanley, S-o-T ST1 3JP
BE EXCELLENT TO EACH OTHER
Men’s Group – Every Wednesday 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Ashley 1 Building, Staffordshire University, Leek Road, S-o-T ST4 2DF
Women’s Group – Last Wednesday of the month 10:00am – 12:00 noon
Room CF10, Newcastle Library, Castle House, Barracks Road Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 1BL
COMMUNITY LOUNGE DROP IN: – Every Thursday 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Bentilee Neighbouthood Centre, 231-251 Dawlish Drive, S-o-T ST2 0EU
WELLBEING WEDNESDAY DROP IN: Every Wednesday 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Longton Mind Shop, The Strand, Longton, S-o-T ST3 2PD
BIDDULPH LIBRARY DROP IN: Every Friday 10:00am – 12:00noon
Biddulph Library, Tunstall Road, Biddulph, S-o-T ST8 6HH
NEWCASTLE LIBRARY DROP IN: Every Monday 11:00am – 1:00pm
Newcastle Library, Castle House, Barracks Road Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 1BL