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Self Help Support Groups

Our support groups can provide you with the tools you need to get the help you need. Find out more about our groups below. Each group has its own information page which is ran by the group to give you a great insight into what they offer.

Featured Groups

Directions for Men

Free peer support for men who may be struggling. Don’t face your problems on your own. Directions for Men want to help men who are having a tough time. We meet to talk about the things affecting us, support each other and learn better ways of coping with problems. We…

Craft & Social Group

The craft and social group runs every Monday and is a popular group which appeals to all abilities. It is both an art and craft group and a weekly social group, encouraging communication and socialization with other members. The craft group provides a fun way to meet new people and make friends.

Art for Well-being

Why not come along to theArt for Well-being Group The Art for Well-being group runs every Wednesday and is a popular group which appeals to all abilities.Art is a relaxing and enjoyable activity with therapeutic benefits. The art group provides a fun way to meet new people and make friends.Each…

Support from people who have similar experiences.

Our self-help groups are very active and they provide for the needs of different groups of people such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and mindfulness.

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Donations can help us provide our services to people who need them the most. If you can Donate then please follow the link to our JustGiving page.

Your Letters

Lillian’s Story

I first heard about MhIST in 1999, after speaking to a CPN at Fallbirch. I had been suffering with Mental Health issues for over 30years and had been prescribed lots of different medication over the years, until I was referred to Mhist for Counselling. My counselling started January 2000, (MhIST… Continue reading this letter...

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Latest News

Job Title: Young women support worker

Salary: £25,070. Actual – £10,028 Hours: 14.5 hours per week (excluding breaks) Contract Term: Permanent subject to funding. Holiday: 22 days annual leave, rising to 27 after 5 years of service (pro rata) Public holidays: 8 days bank holiday Pension: Non-contributory pension plan Flexible working options Location: Bolton Application deadline:… Continue reading this blog post...

New Spring Forward Project

MhIST are introducing a new course called Spring Forward If you are looking to figure out the next steps in your journey whether it be looking to go back into work or education then this one may just be for you! The course offers a path to revitalizing your… Continue reading this blog post...

MhIST AGM 2023

Thursday 12th October 2023 Dear Friend MhIST – AGM 2023. The Annual General Meeting of MhIST will be held on Wednesday 15th November 2023 at 13.00. The meeting will be heldat: MhIST 1st Floor, Moorland House, 116 Bark Street, Bolton. BL1 2AX The agenda for the meeting is on the… Continue reading this blog post...

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What people are saying about MhIST

MhIST is an excellent place to be a part of. The staff and volunteers are friendly, warm, and accepting. Services offered are accessible free of charge and cater for a diverse range of mental health issues.

All the staff and volunteers are the loveliest staff at MHIST. The group facilitator is nice as well. And mentioning no members names, but all the members are kind and helpful as well as caring. Thanks to everyone of you at MHIST for all your support. Thank you.

MhIST team have helped me so much over the years. I have attended groups. It’s a safe place and friendly.

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Frequenty Asked Questions

  • How do I get referred to MhIST?

    People who want to access MhIST’s services can refer themselves by contacting MhIST.

  • What is Zoom?

    Zoom is an internet video conferencing solution, a bit like Facetime or Skype.

    Where do I find the Zoom Client?

    You need the Zoom client on your device to have MhIST internet therapy. From the Zoom homepage, click RESOURCES and then Download Zoom Client, or visit

    Which Zoom Client Do I need?

    We recommend Zoom Client for Meetings for your PC/ laptop, or the appropriate Zoom App for your tablet or mobile phone available from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

    What devices can I use?

    You can use a personal computer (PC), laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

    Is Zoom secure?

    Zoom is recommended by talking therapy organisations as it uses end-to-end encryption to ensure nobody can intercept your session. It is reportedly more secure than Skype.

    How much does Zoom cost?

    We recommend the free version of Zoom.

    Can I contact my therapist outside session times?

    MhIST is not an emergency service. If you require up-to-date information, urgent assistance or practical support for those impacted by Covid- 19 we recommend that you contact the following sources:

    Bolton NHS & Bolton Council Coronavirus Information

    Greater Manchester Mental Health Coronavirus Guidance

    Healthwatch Bolton – Community Information

    We ask that you do not try to contact your counsellor directly with Zoom or email outside of session times.

    Anything else?

    • Have a play with Zoom before your first session to get comfortable with the controls.
    • Therapy sessions are confidential so you should be in a private space.
    • Sessions typically last 50 minutes so we recommend a setup which you can sit comfortably in front of such as a desktop PC or a laptop or tablet on a flat surface.
    • Try to sit so that you are lit from the front that way your counsellor can see you properly.
    • Ensure there is no background noise and that anyone else in your space knows not to disturb you.
    • You need to be free to focus on yourself for the duration of your session.
    • Have your phone to hand as a backup in case there are unforeseen technical problems.
    • Visit the Zoom FAQ for more help with zoom.
  • Do I have to live in Bolton to access MhIST’s services?

    Yes and no. Advocacy and Talk Therapy can only be accessed if your Council Tax is paid to the Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council. Self-help groups can be accessed by anyone.

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