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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…

Anxiety, Depression, & Well-being (PM)

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.

Guitar Group

Why not come along to the Guitar Group Do you want to learn a new skill or practice a new one? Are you interested in music ?Do you want to practice relaxation?Do you enjoy the peace that music brings you?Do you want to play music as part of a group?…

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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Your Letters


To The MhIST team I want to say thank you for the help I have had through phone consultations with Sam she was a credit to talk to Sam knew I was feeling down, she would put me back on track even when I felt suicidal at times –  Sam… Continue reading this letter...

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Latest News

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...

Development of a mobile video-game for adult wellbeing.

Over the years MhIST has developed an extremely productive and successful collaboration with the University of Bolton. During the recent Covid lockdowns MhIST has been able to continue helping people who experience difficulties with their mental health by delivering advocacy, counselling, and self-help in virtual and face to face formats. Continue reading this blog post...

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What people are saying about MhIST

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.

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.

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Frequenty Asked Questions

  • How do I make an appointment?

    Appointments can be made by telephoning the office on 01204 527200

  • 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.

  • What are your opening times?

    MhIST is normally open from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Some talk therapy sessions can be provided until 6pm.

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