Community Groups

These groups are organised and facilitated by service users and participants benefit from the exchange of mutual support.  The groups enable service users to build the skills and confidence needed to take control of their own recovery.

These groups have been initiated by people using mental health services in Suffolk who take responsibility for the groups themselves.  Some Peer Support Groups take place at Community Wellbeing venues whilst others take place in community venues such as libraries, community centres and church halls.

Enigma - Peer Support Group, aimed at people over age 18, who endure long term mental health problems, emotional distress and anxiety which impacts on their day to day living. The aim of the group is to support people by working through a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills Workbook learning mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation and distress intolerance skills. They are not a group that advises people that they should do during their recovery journey, they offer support and encourage coping strategies and help to achieve a better understanding of positive mental health and wellbeing. Please Contact Linda Attwood 07866 617062 or Dani Davis 07806 881349

Eating Disorder Group - Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 7.30pm to 9pm at Suffolk Mind, 46-48 Westgate Street, Ipswich, IP1 3ED. Contact 0300 111 6000 for more information.

Arts and Crafts Group (Volunteer led) - Held at Suffolk Mind, Westgate St, Ipswich, IP1 3ED
Wednesdays 1.00pm - 3.00pm.  Contact Lynne on 0300 111 6000

Bi-Polar Support Groups - Thursday (1st) of the month 6.00pm - 7.30pm -  Held at Suffolk Mind, Ipswich, IP1 3ED - Contact Bi-Polar UK 020 7931 6480
Monday (2nd of the month) 6.30-8.30pm - Held at Friends Meeting House, Bury St Edmunds -  Tel: 0845 4349968.

Like Minds - Peer group meetings for people in second tier mental health support - Tuesdays from 1pm until 4pm at Long Brackland in Bury St Edmunds. Contact 0300 111 6000

Make It -  Thursday afternoons from 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Held at Suffolk Mind, Long Brackland, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1JH    Make It is an open ended art group for people with a severe mental health diagnosis. It provides a supportive, relaxed, friendly, accepting place for people to enjoy time painting and socialising together. Contact 0300 111 6000

Phoenix Group - Quaker Meeting House, Ipswich Friday 10.00am -1.00pm.   Gerry Parsons 07927 739020

PSN Network - The PSN Network Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at Westgate Street, Ipswich, starting 6.30pm for 6.45pm through until 9pm and at The Willows in Saxmundham on the 1st Tuesday of every month.   NB (For people who have completed the full PSN training course)

For more info on Network meetings contact Contact Steve Roche on 07727 658947

Ipswich Anxiety Support Group -
For adults with anxiety, depression. We meet on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Quaker Meeting Hosue, Fonnereau Road, Ipswich, IP1 3JH from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. There are no meetings of bank holidays, we do hold regular social events in Ipswich. We ask for a 1.50 contribution per session to help with our costs. Contact David Edgington for more information.


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