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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

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…

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.

Small Steps (Horwich)

Suffering with your mental health? A parent or carer of a child age 0 – 2 Years? Pregnant and concerned about your metal well-being? Feeling lonely and anxious? Small Steps is a Bolton Together project to help reach adults who are perinatal and have children up to the age of…

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

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...

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...

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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.

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.

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

  • 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.

  • How do I refer someone to your service?

    It depends on which service is required. Advocacy and Self Help Groups can be accessed by contacting the office on 01204 527200. Talk Therapy can be accessed by first ringing 1point on 01204 917744 and stating that MhIST should be the required provider of Talk Therapy.

  • How do I get referred to MhIST?

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

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