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Drop-in Peer Support Edinburgh

We offer a range of drop-in peer support services for people living in Edinburgh.

They are open to people who want to have a space to be listened to, and to connect with others who understand you. 

The Listening Space 

The Listening Space is a drop-in service for people in Edinburgh who are 18 years and over. It usually takes place in the main hall of Gilmerton Community Centre. For now, the service has moved online, using the platform Zoom.

We are here to give you a space to be listened to, and to connect with others who will do their best to understand you.

The Listening Space takes place on Wednesdays. Please note that due to staffing changes, the Listening Space is currently operating at limited capacity. However, please still do get in touch to find out when the next meeting is.

What we can offer:

From 1pm – 1:30pm: The space to speak to Health in Mind peer listening volunteers one to one. Volunteers will listen with a compassionate and non-judgemental ear to whatever you want to speak about. We are impartial and respect your confidentiality. We will not provide advice or counselling.

At present, because this is happening online, we ask that you let us know in advance if you’d like a one-to-one listening session.

From 1:30pm – 3pm: An online peer support group to share, listen, and support each other. There will be discussions and activities exploring how we look after our mental health and wellbeing.

For more information and to sign up, contact Anna Chmiel at edinburgh@health-in-mind.org.uk.

For those who have limited or no access to the internet, we can also arrange for you to dial-in from your phone. Call Health in Mind on 0131 225 8508 for more information

Depression and Anxiety Support Group

The Depression and Anxiety Support Group is a friendly user-led support group and it's open to any adults living with depression, low mood, stress or anxiety.

It offers the opportunity for confidential local support, contact with others in a similar situation and the opportunity to explore positive ways of coping with depression.

Groups
We are currently hosting groups both online and in person.

Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
Alternate Mondays 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Dates: 2, 16 and 30 August; 13 and 27 September

We will be limiting numbers attending the in person sessions for the time being. Please pre-register to attend at edinburghselfhelp@health-in-mind.org.uk by 3pm on the day of the meeting you would like to attend. If you are not pre-registered to attend we will not be able to admit you to the session.

Nicholson Square Events (formally known as Edinburgh Methodist Church) 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX
Alternate Tuesdays 7.15pm to 8.45pm
Dates: 7 and 21 September

Online
Alternate Tuesdays 7pm to 8.30pm
Dates: 3, 17 and 31 August; 14 and 28 September

Alternate Mondays 7pm to 8.30pm
Dates: 9 and 23 August; 6 and 21 September

How to join
If you would like to join any of the groups, please email us on edinburghselfhelp@health-in-mind.org.uk by 3pm on the day of the meeting you would like to attend.

Wellbeing Hangouts

We’re hosting a series of fortnightly Wellbeing Hangouts for people aged 18 to 25. During these sessions, we’ll talk about all things mental health related; social anxiety, depression, study/work-related issues, issues related to gender and sexuality, social-media use, and isolation.

If you live in Edinburgh and are between the ages of 18 to 25, come join us in an inclusive and non-judgemental space to explore tools and strategies to improve our wellbeing.

When and where?
The workshops will be held every second Thursday, 5.30 - 7.00 pm.

How to join
If you would like to join any of the groups, please email Anna Chmiel on edinburghselfhelp@health-in-mind.org.uk by 3pm on the day of the meeting you would like to attend.

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