Active Pathways

The Hamptons is a purpose-built 14 bed locked rehabilitation hospital in Preston, Lancashire. This first-class facility provides accommodation for men who experience a complex range of mental health issues and require long term support and treatment within a controlled environment. Their locked mental health rehabilitation facility accepts both detained and informal service users, referred from medium and low secure services, as well as those with forensic histories. The unit provides a step down service for men who no longer require a secure or PiCU (psychiatric intensive care unit) environment and would benefit from the ‘Recovery Model’ approach.

  • Active Pathways
  • n/a
  • The Hamptons (Preston) 1 The Hamptons Gough Lane Bamber Bridge Preston Lancashire PR5 6AQ
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Anthony Seddon Centre/ Fund

Mental health peer support in Tameside - drop-in centre.


  • Advance awareness and educate the general public, in particular children and young people, in all areas relating to mental health and well-being
  • Improve the quality of life of those affected by mental health issues, their families, friends and carers in Tameside by promoting their physical and mental health through support, education, practical advice and signposting to other local services
  • Work alongside a wide variety of other organisations and agencies to help us to meet these objectives.
  • Anthony Seddon Centre/ Fund
  • 0161 376 4439
  • 12 George Street
    Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 6AQ
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Anxiety UK

National user-led anxiety disorders charity providing a range of support services for people affected by all forms of anxiety disorders.

  • 08444 775 774
  • Zion Community Resource Centre 339 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 4ZY
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BAND (Building a New Direction)

BAND is a voluntary sector organisation operating mostly within the Borough of Bolton and have been working alongside people with lived experience of a mental health condition for over 25 years. They believe that everyone has the right and capability to lead an inclusive and meaningful life and our services are designed to support people to take steps towards achieving this. The work they do is divided up into: Recovery; Volunteering; and Communities, Engagement & Representation.

  • Tony Sleet
  • 01204 380 643 / 07742 877 008
  • c/o Bolton YMCA 125 Deansgate Bolton Lancashire BL1 1HA
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Behind The Mask Foundation

Behind the Mask Foundation peers have had personal experience of: bullying, homophobia, PTSD, anxiety, depression, bipolar, sexual assault, child abuse, eating disorders. These are only a few of the topics which have affected the lives of our peers or those they love. If you feel you are struggling with any of these, or something else then you do have somewhere to turn. Mental illness affects everyone around you - you all deserve to be supported. NB. BEHIND THE MASK ARE NOT A CRISIS SERVICE.

Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Mental Health Forum

The Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Mental Health Forum was set up in 1992 to provide a voice for users of Mental Health services and their carers living on the Fylde Coast. Their aim is to help to improve Mental Health services by being involved with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Social Services, Healthwatch and other local providers. They meet every 6 weeks - usually with a Guest Speaker on MentalHealth related topics.

  • Barbara Brown
  • 01294 295 494
  • c/o Richmond Fellowship Winstone House 199 Church Street Blackpool Lancashire FY1 3TG
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Bridging Communities

Grassroot community activist organisation that advocates behalf marginalised groups, working across Greater Manchester footprint. Work in co-production to assist grassroot groups get access to funding and recognised. Actively working on the devolution at Greater Manchester and at local level.

  • Javed Rehman
  • 07858 206826
  • Oldham
  • No website URL
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Bury Involvement Group (BIG)

BIG in Mental Health is a voluntary organisation providing good mental health recovery through providing support and hope, empowering adults to improve their quality of life. Any adult who consider themselves to have a mental health condition are welcome to attend our groups. All groups are free to attend and do not require a referral. We also signpost people to other services and hold events to raise awareness and reduce stigma about mental health. BIG is a strong independent voice in mental health.

  • Jonathan Holding
  • 0161 222 4005 / 0775 8737616
  • Unit 54 Bury Business Centre Kay Street Bury Lancashire BL9 6BU
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Caring Alternatives

Caring Alternatives Limited is a registered provider of care services, supported living, community support and residential care services, based in the Northwest. They currently support people with a wide range of needs across a variety of settings, including people with complex and dual diagnoses. Their mission is to provide excellent service to all our service users so that what we do makes a positive difference to their lives enabling them as individuals to become more engaged in activities, in their communities, to be more self-determining, enjoy meaningful relationships and enhance skills, abilities and quality of life.

  • Caring Alternatives
  • 01942 871 469
  • Gibfield Enterprise Centre Gibfield Park Avenue Atherton Manchester Lancashire M46 0SU
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Carlisle and Eden Mind

Carlisle and Eden Mind offer support through the range of services, making sure that anyone with a mental health problem has someone to turn to. Call them for more information and advice about the support they provide, and to find out which services might be of help to you. They can also recommend other services and organisations in the Carlisle/Eden area. No email address please use the contact us form on the organisation's website.

  • Carlisle and Eden Mind
  • 01228 543 354
  • 49 Bank Street Carlisle Cumbria CA3 8HJ
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Chester PLUS

Chester PLUS are a registered charity that runs a peer led user support centre which has a variety of offerings. They offer one open drop-in sessions a week, every Monday from 10am – 3pm. These are open to anyone aged 18 or over to support their mental well-being. If you’re interested come along on either day. They also offer a number of other classes, groups & activities that are open to members of the charity advertised on a week to week basis. If you’re interested in becoming a member just give them a ring or pop in to a drop-in session for a quick chat.

  • Chris Lynch
  • 01244 343 489
  • 1 The Mount Boughton Chester Cheshire CH3 5UD
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Community Voice

Community Voice acts as a bridge between the people that use Liverpool’s drug and alcohol services, the commissioners and the services themselves. We work to ensure those services meet the needs of the people using them. Community Voice holds regular meetings with commissioners and provides input into the drug and alcohol strategy for Liverpool. They also run a drop-in service for anyone who has been affected by drug and alcohol issues. People will be able to get advice on and referrals to services and receive support to make complaints about services. The drop-in is at the Big Issue in the North Office, 33-35 Cheapside, Liverpool L2 2DY and runs from 1.00pm to 3.00pm Monday-Friday.

  • Ronald Millett
  • 0151 294 3013 / 07920 230 572
  • c/o The Big Life group HQ 1st Floor, 463 Stretford Road, Manchester M16 9AB
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Cumbria Independent Living Services

With help from Cumbria County Council DaCE (Disability Association Carlisle & Eden) established a Centre for Independent Living in Carlisle. There are a wide range of activities and services available at the CIL, including the DaCE:iT Computer Recycling Project, Disability Aids Recycling Project, computer training, and job preparation training and support. They also supply disability aids on prescription or for sale. Services include DaCE Support Services, including all aspects of Independent Living Advice.

  • Angela Woodburn
  • 01946 825 550
  • Unit 3 St Nicholas Street Carlisle Cumbria CA1 2EF
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Empower the Invisible

We were borne from the ideas of people with lived experience of childhood sexual abuse who wanted to change the lack of support and also the lack of understanding from some professionals about how trauma in childhood in particular childhood sexual abuse impacts on the life of those affected and Empower the Invisibles Project was set up.

Peer support groups in Lancashire and beyond.

Equilibrium North West CIC

Equilibrium North West CIC is a local, not for profit community where public and professionals can access or provide help and advice across a wide range of Health and Wellbeing issues. They specialise in Independent Social Research and provide help and advice across a wide range of Health and Wellbeing issues and design and run projects according to what the community say they want and need.

  • Sharon Munroe
  • 07731 478 096
  • Livingstone Street Play & Community Centre 130 St Anne Street Birkenhead Wirral Merseyside CH41 3HX
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Focus NW - Forum of Carers and Users of Services

FOCUS NW is a Service User, Carer and Patient (SUCP) led organisation that enables, facilitates, trains and supports people with experience of using Health and Social services to get involved in enhancing the experiences of students in health, social work and social care education. They work in close partnership with nine universities in the North West of England to ensure that SUCP are able to be fully and meaningfully involved in student education, supporting universities and colleges to involve SUCPs in their courses.

Halton Speak Out

Halton Speak Out (HSO) are are a Self Advocacy group who teach people to speak up for themselves and help people to feel confident, to say what they want and to make changes in their lives. They have different projects that work with people of all ages from young children in schools to older people. HSO also run courses to help people understand their rights and responsibilities, train staff to work with people, consult with people finding out what they think about the services they use and offer support and help.

  • Yvonne Smallman
  • 01928 588 526 / 01928 713 877
  • Higher House Runcorn Cheshire WA7 6PE
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Healthwatch Bolton

Healthwatch is an independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public in health and social care planning. Healthwatch Bolton represents the views of people who use services, carers and the public on the Health and Wellbeing Board, set up by local authorities – provide an information and sign-posting service for people to help them to learn more about their rights in relation to health and social care and report concerns about the quality of health care to Healthwatch England, the national body which can then recommend that the Care Quality Commission take action.

  • Healthwatch Bolton
  • 01204 394 603
  • c/o CAB Bolton 26 – 28 Mawdsley Street Bolton Lancashire BL1 1LF
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Healthwatch Halton

Healthwatch - giving people a powerful voice locally and nationally. At a local level, local Healthwatch Halton will work to help people get the best out of the health and social care services in your local area; whether it’s improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow. Local Healthwatch is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of their services – not just people for who use them, but for anyone who might need them in the future.

  • Irene Bramwell
  • 0300 777 6543
  • St Marie's Lugsdale Road Widness Cheshire WA8 6DB
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Healthwatch Knowsley

Healthwatch Knowsley are there tomake sure your views on local health and social care services are heard, you can have your say, get involved and find out about services in Knowsley. There are a number of ways you can get involved in Healthwatch Knowsley activities, from attending focus groups, participating in consultations, representing the community through different forums to attending one of their popular coffee mornings.

  • Kelly Hurn
  • 0151 449 3954
  • The Old School House St Johns Road Huyton Liverpool Merseyside L36 0UX
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Healthwatch Rochdale

At a local level, Healthwatch Rochdale will work to help local people get the best out of their health and social care services. Whether it's improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow. Local Healthwatch is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of services in the Borough of Rochdale. Not just people who use them, but anyone who might need to in the future.

  • Healthwatch Rochdale
  • 01706 249 575
  • The Lodge Arrows Mill Queensway Rochdale Lancashire OL11 2YW
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Healthwatch Stockport

Healthwatch Stockport help you and your family get the best out of your local health & social care services to create a better system for all of us. They are an independent organisation, working to help people have their say on local health & social care services. Healthwatch Stockport is a membership organisation run by volunteers with an interest in health & social care. They are supported by a team of staff to offer help to members carrying out activity on behalf of the organisation.

  • Maria Kildunne (CEO)
  • 0161 974 0753
  • Land o Cakes 48 Middle Hillgate Stockport Cheshire SK1 3DL
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Healthwatch Trafford

Healthwatch Trafford are the independent health & social care Services champion for the people of Trafford. They gather and represent your views to show where they are doing well and where they can be improved. By making sure the views and experiences of all people who use services are gathered, analysed and acted upon, they can help make services better now and in the future. Healthwatch actively seeks views from all sections of the community, especially from those who sometimes struggle to be heard and not just from those who shout the loudest. They also encourage health and social care providers,regulators and planners to hear directly from people themselves.

  • Healthwatch Trafford
  • 0300 999 0303
  • Floor 5, Sale Point 126-150 Washway Road Sale Manchester M33 6AG
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Healthwatch Wirral

Healthwatch Wirral works to help local people get the best out of their local health and social care services. Whether it’s improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow. Local Healthwatch is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of local services. Not just people who use them, but anyone who might need to in future.

  • Healthwatch Wirral
  • 0151 230 8957
  • Freepost RTTH–CCYT–RSTY Pacific Road Business Hub 1 Pacific Road Birkenhead Merseyside CH41 1LJ
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Insight Network for Mental Health

The Insight Network for Mental Health is a consortium of support groups, networks and services that are available for service users and carers across Lancashire. For the purposes of this information the county is divided into five geographic areas: Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre; Central Lancashire; East Lancashire; North Lancashire and West Lancashire. Please visit the webpage by clicking on the link of the right hand side for a full list.

  • Insight Network for Mental Health
  • 01772 730 310
  • Astley Hall Farmhouse Hall Gate, Astley Village Chorley PR7 1XA
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Kindred Minds Merseyside

Kindred Minds provides help, support and advice through peer support. They promote social inclusion by providing access to creative health and wellbeing activities.They also promote a better understanding of mental health by helping to reduce the stigma associated with it. NB - contact the group via the Facebook page (under website on the right hand side). There is no address / email / phone number.

Lancaster & Morecambe Mental Health Service User Forum

The Lancaster & Morecambe Mental Health Service User Forum website was developed as a result of a Vodafone Foundation grant as part of their 2012 World of Difference Programme and the project was managed by Together for Mental Wellbeing. Many people have provided input into the content and design of this website, including those with experience of mental distress, the Lancaster Together office, members of 3rd sector organisations and staff within mental health services. The website will be particularly useful for people who are currently experiencing mental health difficulties. However, they hope that carers, family and friends of those experiencing mental health difficulties will also find useful information on it. NB: no adress / telephone number. Please use the group's email and webpage

  • Lancaster & Morecambe Mental Health Service User Forum
  • n/a
  • n/a
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Lancaster and Morecambe Peer Support

Lancaster and Morecambe Peer Support is a recovery and well-being club for those with mild to severe and enduring mental health difficulties. They give their members the chance to stay in touch with friends and get involved in the local community, allowing them to stay healthy whilst increasing their confidence. The club was started following the closure of the Lancaster drop-in centre Elm House. They promote the safeguarding and preservation of mental health, and wherever possible we campaign for adequate day care and other facilities for those suffering from mental illness in the Lancaster District, and campaign to combat stigma and discrimination.

  • Sharon Johnson
  • n/a
  • United Reformed Church Sefton Road Heysham Morecambe Lancashire LA3 1TZ
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Manchester Users Network (MUN)

The Manchester Users Network aims to support users and ex users of psychiatric services in the Manchester area. The organisation provides a forum for users to have a say in the planning and provision of mental health services. NB: the organisation has no address nor phone number listed.

N-Compass Advocacy Services

N-compass operates across the North West of England to make a positive difference and enhance life opportunities for adults and young people disadvantaged by disability, physical / mental illness, age or social exclusion through providing Advocacy, Carers, Health & Well Being, and Young People's Services. Details taken from Group website.

  • N-Compass Advocacy Services
  • 0345 0138 208
  • 3 Errigal House Avroe Crescent Balackpool Business Park Blackpool Lancashire FY4 2DP
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New Way Forward

New way forward formerly the Trafford Association for Mental Health and Trafford Users’ Group, is a charity that helps people affected by mental ill health. One in four people will face a mental-health problem at some point in life, including worry, stress, fear, and depression. New way forward services are free of charge and non referral. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming.

  • New Way Forward
  • 0161 962 0487
  • The Avenue Methodist Church, Wincham Road, Sale M33 4PL
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POPS (Partners of Prisoners)

Partners of Prisoners (POPS) - Based in Manchester, POPS was established in 1988 by family members experiencing the stigma and distress of supporting a relative through a custodial sentence. Since that time the organisation's remit has broadened as it identified and responded to the needs of families. Today POPS provides support services at all stages of the criminal justice system, from the arrest of a loved one through to the first steps towards resettlement. This is POPS ‘continuum of care’, a model in which support for offenders’ families is consistent, committed and continuous. POPS continues to be guided by need, involving users at every stage to direct service development and delivery. Families themselves are the organisation's greatest resource in assisting other families in need and POPS actively encourages those who have experienced the system to get involved.

  • Partners of Prisoners (POPS)
  • 0161 702 1000
  • POPS 1079 Rochdale Road, Blackley, Manchester, M9 8AJ
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People First Tameside

People First Tameside are a user-led charity which provides a voice for learning disabled people in the Tameside area. They offer training on disability awareness, the law and give you an insight into what life is like with a learning disability. They also offer a drop in centre on Friday afternoons as well as other support services. If you would like to know more than please contact them.

  • Liz Wright
  • 0161 308 3699
  • Suite 3 St Michael's Court St Michael's Square Stamford Street Ashton-Under-Lyne Tayside OL6 6XN
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Recovery Wirral

Recovery Wirral has news on events, organisations and articles to help recover your life and lift your spirit! To get in touch please use this page:

Rethink Mental Illness Stockport Support Group

We are a Rethink Mental Illness Support Group based in Stockport. We are a small informal group who currently meets on a monthly basis.
Our meetings are very relaxed and informal. We sometimes have speakers, films, activities or outings.

Our aim is to provide a safe supportive space where everyone is welcome.

We meet on the third Wednesday of every month from 6pm -7.30pm Sometimes we have other dates which will be advertised on our page on Rethink Mental Illness website.

  • Phil or Sue
  • 07843 849828
  • Disability Stockport, 3 High Street, SK1 1EG
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Sefton Group

If you live in Sefton and have a learning disability Sefton Group are there to help you. You can join as a member and get involved every week or go along to their community meetings, activities and events. Sefton Group are a working group and a user led organisation. People First was set up in Sefton in the year 2000 and there were 2 groups, People First Southport and People First Bootle. They all now work as a Sefton Group within People First Merseyside. They have members from Ainsdale, Bootle, Crosby, Formby, Litherland Maghull, Netherton, Seaforth and Southport.

  • Gary Spinks
  • 0151 329 2137
  • 3rd Floor, The Investment Centre 375 Stanley Road Bootle Merseyside L20 3EF
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Self Help Services

Self Help Services is a user-led mental health charity, providing services across the North West. The organisation believes in people having a choice in mental health care. The charity is currently commissioned by a range of NHS Trusts to provide a range of services across the North of England including cognitive behavioural therapy (at low and high intensity level as part of the government’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies –IAPT initiative), computerised cognitive behavioural therapy services (cCBT), structured and drop-in condition-specific self help groups and courses. Self Help Services has a diverse and experienced staff team of over 100 individuals who are supported by a large team of volunteers.

  • Self Help Services
  • 0161 226 6775
  • Zion Community Resource, 339 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 4ZY
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Sensory Advocates NW

We offer a broad range of services, including:
Explaining which benefits are available to you
Letter and information translation: English-BSL/SSE/Hands-on
Letter modification (font sizing, layout etc) for the visually impaired
Benefits: We offer a comprehensive service package from start to finish. With regards to benefits we can help you by:
Helping you fill in forms
Collect supporting evidence
Accompanying you to medical assessments.
If outcome of assessment isn’t what was expected, we will support you through any Mandatory Reconsideration (look at the award again)
Accompany you and advocate for you at appeal/tribunal
We can assist you with accessing your rights under the Care Act.
Debt Management and support.
Employment issues such as Access to Work and discrimination.
Complaints and consumer rights support.
Help you with accessing the legal system.
Independent Generic Advocacy. 

Please visit website for more detail.

South Cheshire Support Group

Biplolar UK are the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers. Each year they reach out to and support over 80,000 individuals through a range of services. The South Cheshire Support Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

  • South Cheshire Support Group
  • 0333 323 3880
  • c/o Bipolar UK First Class Lounge Crewe Railway Station Nantwich Road Crewe Cheshire CW2 6HR
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Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research

The Spectrum Centre is part of Lancaster University. The centre actively encourages input from people who have experienced bipolar mood fluctuations, their relatives, friends, partners, carers and also individuals who are interested in mental health research but have not experienced mental illness. This input is vital for improving their understanding about the experience and management of Bipolar Disorder. NB: no contact email address. Please consult the organisation's website

  • Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research
  • 01524 593 756
  • School of Health and Medicine Division of Health Research Lancaster University Lancaster Lancashire LA1 4YT
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St. Helens Social Inclusion and Disability Network

This is an informal group which meets once a quarter involving not only local mental health and disability groups but also council departments, the fire service, and housing associations ++. There is no agenda, and it encourages discussion between local groups and organisations to make for a more cohesive and collaborative approach to local social and disability issues.

  • Chris Coffey
  • 01744 817130
  • 37 Holbrook Close, St.Helens, Merseyside WA9 3XH
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The Acorn Group / Insight Network

This group is part of the Insight Network, which is a consortium of several services based in this region. Please take a look at the listing for this organisation.

  • Jo Henderson
  • 01253 596 334
  • c/o The Woodlands Service User Group (Insight Network) YMCA St Albans Road Lytham St Annes Lancashire FY8 1XD
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Voices For All

Formerly Rochdale Boroughwide User Forum (RBUF)

Voices For All provide and promote peer-led groups in the community. Their mission is to to drive social change so that those who are excluded have the same opportunities as everyone else to live happy, healthy & active social lives


  • Rochdale Boroughwide User Forum (RBUF)
  • 01706 510 826
  • Unique Mill Enterprise Centre Belfield Road Rochdale Lancashire OL16 2UP
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Wirral Pathfinders

A User-led user run self help group, Wirral Pathfinders was formed by Mental Health service users who when discharged from hospital found great difficulty in finding the support they needed to help them cope with their problems. They had found trying to talk to people who have never experienced mental distress themselves was difficult because they did not understand why they could not go to places, do things they used to do or why they suffered from any other symptoms they had. They found that by talking to others with similar problems, take away the isolation and helped them to overcome these problems; it really did take that heavy weight off their shoulders and help them to regain their confidence and self-esteem.

  • Wirral Pathfinders
  • 0151 334 2111 / emergency out of hours: 07935 386 998 or 07591 981 054
  • 27A Allport Lane Bromborough Wirral CH62 7HH
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