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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

Bounce back in six weeks

Starting 16th November 2023 Bounce back is a six-week course in how positive psychology can give a boost to your family’s mental wellbeing. It is an introductory guide to some of the latest evidence-based techniques from positive psychology that have proven benefits on mental wellbeing within the family.

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…

Member’s Saturday Social Group

Lost and/or lonely during the weekend? Prices of Tea/Coffee to dear? No where to go? No one to see? Then why not attend the Member’s Saturday Social Group that is open to members of MhIST. The group will run every Saturday afternoon at Moorland House for a few hours. Sessions…

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.

Donations & Fundraising

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Help Us Today

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


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

New Cost of Living Project

Feeling overwhelmed by the cost-of-living crisis? You’re not alone and MhIST is here to lend a helping hand. We’re offering free 1 hour sessions Our pre-bookable sessions are as followed: Mondays: 1-5 PM Tuesdays: 9 AM-1 PM Wednesdays: 1-5 PM Just ring us at 01204… 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...

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...

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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.

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

Been going to some of the groups about a month, met some great people and feeling I’m getting the help needed and good to know I’m not alone.

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Frequenty Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost to access MhIST’s services?

    All of MhIST’s services are offered free at the point of contact. This means members do not have to pay a thing. Funding for the activities is obtained elsewhere.

  • How do I make an appointment?

    Appointments can be made by telephoning the office on 01204 527200

  • 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.

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