What we’re about
We understand that living with anxiety, depression or any other "mental health challenge" can feel lonely, so this group is designed to bring people together to offer mutual peer support.
It's nothing heavy! In fact, it's a very friendly and informal social/support group for adults aged 18+, giving you the chance to get out and be around those who understand how you're feeling, all in a safe, non-judgemental and relaxed environment.
We have events that appeal to everyone including coffee meets, walks, lunches, board game and quiz nights, arts & crafts, badminton and lots more, all organised to minimise anxiety for new and regular members alike. Just pick the ones that appeal to you!
And if you want to talk about specific issues then you're with people who listen and understand your situation, if you prefer not to then there's no pressure to do so.
We have a private Facebook group which only members of the group can see and join. It's a great way of supporting each other, sharing experiences and thoughts, and keeping in touch with people you meet.
SWADS is free for 2 months, then we ask for a £3 fee for a 12 month membership to help us cover our costs.
Please don't hesitate to join and have a look at what's going on - you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to message us, or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcoming you soon :-)
What our members say:
"It's nice to know that there are other people out there who feel the same and it's really helped me gain confidence"
"This group was so helpful when I was extremely low"
"A fantastic, lovely, friendly, supportive group with lots of fun wide-ranging activities going on and excellent organisation. I'm so glad I found it!"
“This group has given me hope and a chance to take part in life. Thank you”
“A lovely welcoming group, lovely people and a sense of belonging between members. A tremendous group"
“I've finally found somewhere I can be myself, be free & be accepted. Thank you”
"A very welcoming group that I've found so valuable"
“Knowing that this group exists gives me something to hold onto during those low times. It’s been a blessing to me”
Disclaimer: This group does not offer professional support and should not replace any kind of treatment you may be receiving. If you need professional help please seek advice from your GP or health care team. By joining, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and agree to abide by our Code of Conduct and Safeguarding Policy (link here). You must be 18+ to join.
If you are feel that you are in need of immediate help, for example you are having suicidal thoughts, we would suggest you do one of the following:
1. Speak to a close friend or family member about how you're feeling
2. Contact the Samaritans
3. If you are on a care plan, contact one of the emergency contact numbers you have been provided with
4. Call 999 or go to your local A&E department.