1 Jun 2016

New peer-led mental health support group in Coleford

A new peer-led support group has been set up in Gloucestershire to provide a welcoming environment for those suffering from mental health issues. 

The group runs every Tuesday between 1pm and 3pm in Coleford for people to drop in and talk to others who are also experiencing problems with mental health – and are therefore able to provide valuable support. 

The group has been set up by Coleford resident Sophie Hawkins, who, after years of suffering with her own mental health problems, decided to use her experiences to support others in the community. Sophie said: “People often make the mistake of thinking that you completely recover from mental health problems, but you never full do. However, it can become easier to deal with them if you have the right support. 

“In rural, remote areas like Coleford, there aren’t that many easily accessible services for people, who are looking for mental health support. I decided to set up this group to let people know that they’re not alone and that there is someone there to listen to them – and to understand what they are going through because they have been on a similar journey.

“People can be assured that the group has a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. For anyone who wishes to pop by, there will always be someone available between 1pm and 3pm every Tuesday to provide friendly advice, or simply listen, without judgement.”

The group is taking place at the Town Council Office, No 2 The Town House, Lords Hill Walk in Coleford. There will be limited refreshments available. Housing support workers from GreenSquare’s Gloucestershire housing support team will also be on hand to talk to provide advice about housing and benefits. 

 For further information call 07471 785068 or email rollercoastermhs@gmail.com

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