Support Groups

Many of these groups are set up and run by people who themselves have experience of these particular problems or diagnoses.

Al-Anon Family Groups

Based on the same principles as Alcoholics Anonymous, runs self-help group meetings for partners, families and friends of problem drinkers, whether they are still drinking or not. Confidential helpline offers understanding, support and information. Literature, books and leaflets available. Alateen, a part of Al-Anon, is for young people 12-17 years of age affected by someone more »

Beaumont Society

The Beaumont Society is a national self help body run by and for those who cross-dress or are trans-sexual.   They  welcome all transgender people and their partners, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, creed  or colour, and all varieties from nervous new transgender people to those who are experienced and confident in their second gender. more »

Bipolar UK – Youth Service (18-25)

A group of young people aged 18 to 25 years with bipolar who meet once a month to  share experiences and coping strategies. See entry for Bipolar UK for contact information.    

centred – together equal different (LGBTQ)

centred is a community organisation run by diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) people. Our main activities include: publishing, community events, networking, volunteering, LGBTQ history and heritage activities, and community infrastructure. Our work focuses on diverse LGBTQ experiences, especially where these intersect with experiences concerning race, gender, disability, deafness, age and minority faith. We more »

Depression Alliance

Depression Alliance merged with Mind on 1st August 2016 so use the Mind website for further information on depression. For almost 40 years, Depression Alliance has been bringing people together to end the loneliness and isolation that can come with depression.  Raising awareness and campaigning to improve attitudes towards depression has been central to Depression more »

Deptford Hearing Voices Service

Hearing Voices Service primarily is for people who hear voices, their carers and for voluntary and professional workers. The Hearing Voices Website is an independent website which has no formal relationship to any NHS Trusts, local government or other organisations. The Deptford Hearing Voices Service provides a service that enables the ‘voice hearer’ to speak with more »

Families Anonymous

When drug addiction enters a family via one of its members, the effect can be devastating. If you have reason to believe or even a vague suspicion that someone close to you may have a drug problem, Families Anonymous knows how you feel. They know what it is like to be alone with this problem. They more »

Freedom from Torture

Freedom from Torture, formerly the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, has been working for more than 30 years to provide direct clinical services to survivors of torture who arrive in the UK, as well as striving to protect and promote their rights. Since its inception, over 50,000 individuals have been referred more »


National self-help friendship network of lesbians and bisexual women, disabled and non-disabled, of all ages. Taping circle and email group. Quarterly newsletter available in large print and in Braille and on cassette, as well as standard print. there is a phone contact for group members only. It’s aim is to lessen isolation of disabled lesbians more »

Guy’s Hospital Estia Centre

Part of the Southwark Wellbeing Hub, a range of services for adults with learning disabilities and additional mental health and/or challenging needs. The centre’s main aim is to develop a variety of training initiatives for those supporting this client group. Aims to improve patient care through evidence based practice. Several ongoing research projects in progress.

H.U.S.H. – Self-Harm Support Group

H.U.S.H. (The Hidden Universe of Self-Harm) was launched in 2001 and is a fully user-led self-harm support group based in East London.  It is for anybody over the age of 16, male or female, who self harms. H.U.S.H is held every Thursday,  4.00pm – 6.30pm, and members also go on outings. Members of the support group more »

Intervoice – The International Hearing Voices Network

Web-based network of groups and individuals interested in developing practical approaches to hearing voices which recognise the value of individual experience and challenging the stigma associated with mental health diagnoses. Website provides online forum, news and information. They are also in conjunction with Hearing Voices Network. It an international organisation but they provide services across more »

Lambeth Autism Group (National Autistic Society Lambeth Branch)

Lambeth Autism Group is the local branch of the National Autistic Society.   They are a group which provide a wide range of support and  information and raise awareness of autism on a local and national level. Social support includes a monthly coffee mornings for parents/carers, a weekly young adult social club, monthly book group and more »

London Friend

Established in 1972 London Friend is the UK’s oldest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans charity. They support the health and mental well-being of the LGB&T community in and around London. They offer counselling and support around issues such as same-sex relationships, sexual and gender identity and promoting personal growth and self-confidence.  Also home to Antidote – the more »

METRO Youth Services

METRO Youth Services METRO is a leading equality & diversity charity, providing health, community & youth services across London & the South East & national & international projects. They run weekly youth groups for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning (LGBTQ) young people in Southwark and Lambeth. The SPARK group in Southwark is for LGBTQ more »

National Survivor User Network (NSUN)

NSUN  national network for mental health is an independent, service-user-led charity that connects people with experience of mental health issues to give a stronger voice in shaping policy and services. Provides information and practical support for user/survivor groups. Members have access to an online database of user/survivor run groups across the UK and there are local more »

People First

Self-advocacy and support project run by and for people with learning disabilities. Aims to enable people to speak up for themselves, stand up for their rights, make choices. Support groups, including groups for women and for men. Current groups include: Womens’ Coffee Mornings, Young People First for the under 25s, Monday Morning Story Telling Group more »

SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society)

Support for bereaved parents and their families whose baby dies before, during or soon after birth. Sands supports anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth. Offer emotional support and information for parents, grandparents, siblings, children, families and friends, health professionals and others. Runs a telephone more »

Seroxat & SSRI User Group

The Seroxat User Group was set up by UK patients using the medication, to provide support and advice to users and to their families and friends. It provides a website with online support and advice about Seroxat anti-depressant medication and other SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors).  This website contains information about the aims of the group, more »

SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide)

Aim to meet the needs and overcome the isolation of people over 18 years who have been bereaved by suicide. • National network of self-help support groups (including some in London)which aim to break the isolation of bereavement and provide a safe, confidential environment where people can share their feelings and experiences. • National phone more »

Upper Norwood Library Hub

The Library Hub in Crystal Palace is a contemporary community learning and cultural hub.  It provides access to activities, events, learning materials and programmes, literature, information and education to residents in Crystal palace and surrounding areas. The range of activities includes: Acting / Drama Energy bill switching and energy advice Children’s activities and events Courses more »

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