New mental health support group launched

Date published: 08 January 2019

A new mental health support group offering peer to peer group has launched.

A safe space to share your worries and concerns, Rochdale Mental Health Support is suitable for those who don’t know where to turn to as well as those who have been through or are awaiting therapy.

Sessions will take place at Woolworths Social Club on Gipsy Lane on a monthly basis with around 15 people in a group.

Rochdale Mental Health Support was founded by Michael Cullen, who plans to register the group as a charity later this year, after he left therapy and felt like he was left with no support.

He said: “I set up the group because I have suffered with my mental health for many years. As much as I was thankful for the help I received, I didn't feel like it helped in the long term and once I had left therapy, I was almost back to square one with nobody to talk to.

“I wanted to create a safe space for people to express how they are feeling to those who are in a similar situation.

“For the time being we have been given a grant to get the ball rolling which is absolutely fantastic and will allow us to support each group of people until we start fundraising.

“Someone told me their support from the NHS was coming to an end and they had nothing else to fall back on. That is one of the reasons I set up RMHS, a safety net to help those who don’t have anywhere else to turn, especially with the long waiting lists everywhere else.”

Michael added: “We hope to have four groups, allowing people to talk about their mental health conditions, share experiences and to stop people from feeling alone as often mental health can impact someone’s feeling of loneliness and isolation.”

Rochdale Mental Health Support can be contacted on:

01706 725 790 or 07444 906 445

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