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Online Support Groups

Connecting in a different way

We recognise that how we connect has changed, we have all had to adapt and find new ways of staying in touch. The 5 ways to wellbeing includes Connect, so it is important we continue to find ways to look after our wellbeing.

We have put together a timetable of online support groups that cover a range of topics and some more general groups. Click on the group heading to get the time and dates for each meet up.

Joining an online group can be daunting, maybe even a little intimidating, but you will always have at least 1 member of staff present. There are instructions below on how to set up your free account.

These sessions are free, please contact us on 01371 876641 or via email at [email protected] if you have any questions. If you would like to book a place in one of the groups please complete the Register for Groups button on the left hand side.

BAME Support Group

Next dates TBC

We are running an online BAME support groups, covering topics such as anxiety, isolation and racism facilitated by BAME staff from Mind in West Essex.

Lots of food for thought and pointers to take away and use. I find that this session sets a positive tone for the week ahead.

You can find more information on BAME, racism and mental health by clicking through here.

Bereavement Support Groups

Bereavement Group:

Friday 18th March at 9.30-10.30 for 6 sessions, excluding Good Friday

Bereavement, particularly at a time where we are unable to say goodbye in the traditional way can be challenging. Together you will discuss the impact and look at ways to manage as you face this difficult time. 

The sessions will be weekly for approximately 1 hour and will initially be for a 6 week period. The groups have a maximum of 8 participants and will have 2 staff from Mind in West Essex facilitating the groups. 

Bereavement Social Groups:

Thursdays 12:30-13:30 – TBC

The sessions will be weekly for approximately 1 hour and is a continuations of the Support group. The groups have a maximum of 8 participants and will have 1 staff from Mind in West Essex facilitating the group.You can also download the useful Mind bereavement support guide here.

You can also download the useful Mind bereavement support guide here.

Men's Peer to Peer Meet Ups

Men’s Peer to Peer Meet up:

Alternate Mondays 19:00-20:00 

The sessions will be weekly for approximately 1 hour and is an opportunity for men to come together and support each other and connect. There is 1 staff member from Mind in West Essex facilitating and founder/volunteer Dan.

Parent Pod Online Group

Parent Pods Online Group

Starting: 12th November 8pm (Fortnightly)

Being a parent/carer can be tough. It can be lonely. It can be great. Either way join our Parent Pod groups to share, encourage and connect.

Jenny, our Parent to Parent Co-ordinator will be hosting these sessions.

Stress and Anxiety Groups

Stress/Anxiety Support Groups:
May 26th, June 9th, 16th, 23rd at 10am

Anxiety is a natural, normal response to a situation in which we feel threatened. If you feel it is having an impact on you day to day these sessions may benefit you. It is important to note that this is not group therapy rather peer to peer support that can be therapeutic in nature.

The sessions will be weekly for approximately 1 hour and will initially be for a 4 week period. The sessions will focus on:

1. Understanding Anxiety 
2. Anxiety and sleep 
3. Different types of anxiety 
4. How to manage to anxiety 

Stress/Anxiety Social Groups:

Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 

The sessions will be weekly for approximately 1 hour and is a continuations of the Support group. The groups have a maximum of 8 participants and will have 1 staff from Mind in West Essex facilitating the group.

Write, Revive and Rebuild

Write, Revive and Rebuild: Creative Writing for Wellbeing

Starting : Monday 30th May, 6-7.30pm for 6 weeks

A Free six week online programme which will guide participants through a variety of exercises using a range of writing techniques to explore the therapeutic uses and benefits of creative writing.

This programme is suitable for all levels where the aim is to engage in the process of imaginative writing to help broaden your personal boundaries of expression and ultimately improve wellbeing.

Each session will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with a ten minute break. There will be a maximum of 8 participants and the programme will be led by an experienced facilitator.

For further information and to book a place please contact: [email protected]

How to use Zoom

To join the groups you will need to register and also have access to Zoom. This is an online platform that allows us to connect via video. You can download free at Zoom.us. To find out more on how to set up an account with a step by step guide visit wikiHow

Meet the facilitators

Kelly Wellington


Lois Sparkes


Vanessa Craft


Mike Ellen


Sam Pearson


Jen Davis


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