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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

Anxiety, Depression, & Well-being (AM)

Do you feel alone and have no one to talk to? Anxiety or depression taking over your days? Want to improve your mental health and wellbeing? The group members arrange trips out to places such as museums, cafés, to the theatre etc. External speakers also regularly attend to share their own experiences and knowledge.

Farnworth Wellbeing Support Group

Why not come along to the Farnworth Wellbeing Support Group Struggling with mental health issues? Feeling low, worthless, and/or hopeless? Want to improve your mental health and wellbeing but find it hard to get into Bolton Town Centre? Then why not come and join an afternoon…

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…

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

Jeanette Chadwick

I came to Mhist after hitting rock bottom with my mental health. I had lost my job as a nurse due to this . Mhist helped me learn coping techniques to help with my anxiety. I attended a six week wellness course once a week. This also gave me more… Continue reading this letter...

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Latest News

We are moving!

Both the Advocacy, Talk Therapy and Admin services are moving out of Hanover House into Moorland House, 116 Bark Street, Bolton BL1 2AX, where the self-help groups have been based for the last 2 years. To enable us to move we are suspending both the Advocacy and Talk Therapy Services… Continue reading this blog post...

Meet Caroline Boff, MhIST’s new Patron

Meet Caroline Boff, MhIST's new Patron. Caroline is an emerging, international, contemporary artist based in the UK. She creates wondrous compositions filled with energy, feeling and colour. Join MhIST in giving Caroline a warm welcome as the new patron. Continue reading this blog post...

New service!

Have you been made redundant due to covid? Are you unemployed and struggling to find work?… Continue reading this blog post...

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What people are saying about MhIST

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

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.

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Frequenty Asked Questions

  • I keep telephoning and getting an answer machine.

    MhIST’s switchboard normally operates from 9:30am to 12:30 pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm. There are some occasions that the switchboard may be switched off during the afternoon when the answer machine will take over. The answer machine also automatically takes a message if the line is engaged.

  • Can we volunteer for MhIST?

    We are always in need of Volunteers for a range of positions. All of our volunteer vacancies can be found on our Do-IT site. Please visit the “Volunteer With Us” page for further details.

  • 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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