Support We Offer
We are a peer support, informal mental health drop in. We can't offer counselling or therapy, but we can offer a friendly, welcoming environment and a good listeners - we also make a good cup of tea!
At The Anthony Seddon Fund, we have lived experience of mental illness and its effects. We know how quickly it can take hold, no matter how long you have lived with it. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, we won't ask you to make an appointment or put your name on a waiting list. We are here to provide a safe, non-judgemental environment where we can offer peer support where it is needed.
Who Can Drop In?
There are no criteria for paying us a visit. We are always here to talk over a cuppa, and if we don't provide the specific support you need - for example, with drug or alcohol addiction - we will do our best to connect you with an organisation that does. That said, many of these issues overlap with mental illness, so don't be afraid to ask for help. The same applies if you have recently lost a loved one to suicide. We are here to support you.
Some people who visit us have recently gone into outpatient treatment after a hospital stay and are recovering in the community, with or without a social worker. We make sure they, and their friends and family, have a support network to make that transition easier. Whether it's introducing you to our weekly reiki sessions or arranging a GP appointment, we are here to help.
As well as our drop-in service, which runs from 12pm to 3pm, Monday-Friday, we offer a range of peer support groups and therapeutic activities. You can find out more about these in our "What's On" section.
Peer support and therapeutic activities play an important part in helping you to manage your mental health, as part of the "Five Ways to Wellbeing". The activities we provide reflect this; all sessions take place at The Anthony Seddon Centre, unless otherwise stated. A small payment of no more than £2.50 is required for some sessions and the money is used to support the continuation of these groups.
The current programme of activities is available to download below.
Some groups require pre-booking to secure a place. Where this is the case, it will be clearly stated in the description. Please contact us to secure a place or to find out more information.
If you are feeling anxious about attending any of our groups or activities, give us a call and we'll do our best to put you at ease.