You are not alone ....
We provide advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
Attending a self-help group can be very intimidating. Here are a few "myths":
"Attending a self-help group is negative and I'll feel worse".
Group meetings are supportive experiences where people can express their feelings without judgement. Members share their difficulties, and this can reduce feelings of isolation.
"Other people impose their views about causes, treatment and recovery."
Self-help group meetings are based on mutual respect for every member's opinions and beliefs. People are required to have a non-judgmental attitude and must not dominate the group. Members discuss treatment options but are always advised to consult their healthcare practitioner about any concerns.
"I'd be expected to share my feelings and experiences, and I'm not ready".
You do not have to speak if you don't want to, and the groups will always respect this, as they will throughout meetings.
"I found the group to be very helpful, supportive and the meetings relaxed and informal. I would certainly recommend anyone who is suffering to attend a meeting where you can speak as much or as little as you want." Carl
"I found the Twickenham group right in the middle of a breakdown which lasted 6 months. Looking back over last year, the group was the most stable thing during that time, as if I was negotiating a terrible storm but I knew the group was always there. No exaggeration it was my rock. I got a physical feeling of relief when I first walked in - I was not well at all but had the feeling that no one was going to judge me." anonymous
"I don't know what I'd do without this group." anonymous