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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness
Work and mental health

Other sources of help & support

Building a support network and making use of mental health organisations

It can be helpful to keep in touch with other people who have had experience of mental ill-health. There are also national organisations which run local support groups, such as MIND and Depression Alliance.

Links to resources:

MIND - the local MIND network

There are some 180 local MIND associations throughout England and Wales. These local groups run a variety of services and activities such as crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending. Each local Mind association is an independent charity run by local people, for local people.

Depression Alliance

Depression Alliance supports a national network of self help groups across England which all welcome new members. This link shows the groups that are running in each area.

Patient UK

This website includes details of almost 2,000 patient support organisations, including self-help groups. There are sections on mental health and mental health conditions such as depression, eating disorders, stress and schizophrenia.

BBC Health

This part of the BBC website contains information on sources of support for people with mental health problems.

Time to Challenge: Time to Change

This programme is jointly run by MIND and Rethink. This links to sources of information and advice on accessing support such as counselling. There are also links to sources of help at times of crisis.

NHS Choices

NHS Choices is the online 'front door' to the NHS. It is the country's biggest health website with links to information about health conditions, health services and campaigns.

The helpline section also includes a ‘Services near you’ search facility to help you to find local services.

Surviving and thriving at work
is a suite of toolkits, training, and advice from Radar (Royal Association of Disability Rights) which offer an easy frame work for surviving and thriving at work.

Jobcentre Plus

Access to Work is a valuable Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) scheme designed to financially assist employers with costs beyond that of reasonable adjustments, helping to produce a more efficient support system in the workplace.