Guildford & Waverley Mental Health Forum

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About Guildford & Waverley Mental Health Forum

Guildford and Waverley Mental Health Forum was previously known as the Guildford Mental Health Consortium, the group was formed in 1997 as a local organisation for anybody who has an interest in mental health.

Meets bimonthly in Guildford town centre as a forum for members to discuss topics of interest. Most meetings include a presentation from a guest speaker

While the Group has about 100 members, meetings are usually attended by 25 to 30 people.

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New Virtual Postnatal Peer Support Group

A new parenthood support group has launched and is a great way to meet other like-minded parents and talk openly in a confidential way. There is no pressure to talk though, if people do not want to.

The group is being run via Zoom and topics typically covered in the meeting include:

  • Welcome to the world
  • Breastfeeding
  • Sleeping patterns and issues
  • Paediatric first aid
  • Baby massage techniques
  • Attachment and colic
  • Accessing local service
To sign up, fill in a self referral form on the website:

If you have any questions before the group starts, contact the team on:

Not All Medicines Come In A Bottle

At Voluntary Action South West Surrey we have a team of Social Prescribing Link Workers based at the organisation working with clients across Guildford and Waverley, connecting them to services and support that will help them feel better and improve feelings of loneliness, isolation, anxiety, low mood, stress amongst other things.

To refer clients into the service, referrals must be made by a GP or other health professional. For more information, please see the flyer or call us on 01483 565456.

We Are With You Mental Health Support

We Are With You services across Kent and Surrey are open and providing support to anyone over the age of 17-years-old in Kent and Surrey (registered with a GP in those areas), online and/or over the phone.

The services offers free, confidential support to people who want to feel better about themselves or their relationships with other people. People can refer themselves directly without seeing their GP.

They offer a range of free psychological therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), for problems like:

· worrying all the time

· feeling low and hopeless

· obsessive thoughts or behaviours

· panic attacks

More information and referral links can be found on our website below:

They are also running online courses aiming to explore anxiety, depression, panic and more, and look to help people challenge some of the unhelpful thoughts so they can prevent themselves from feeling overwhelmed, and live more of the life they want to live.

You can find more information about these on the website, where there is also a link for people to directly register to an online course (no referral needed):

Oakleaf Support Groups

Oakleaf Enterprise is running two new virtual support groups, giving like-minded people a confidential space to share their feelings and meet others. Details are below:

LGBTQ+ Support Group

When: Thursdays, 7-8pm

Where: Zoom

What: This gives people the opportunity to chat, share their feelings and take part in activities such as game and film nights, as well as history evenings.

Women's Support Group

When: Tuesdays, 7-8pm

Where: Zoom

What: This support group provides a safe and confidential space where women can come together and share their experiences.

For further details about this group, please see the flyer above and contact or ring: 01483 303649

Mental Health Support Restarting in Guildford

Peer Talk's peer support group in Guildford, for people facing depression, anxiety or similar distress, will restart on Wednesday 16th September, 7.30pm at The Spike Community Centre, Warren Road, Guildford,GU1 3JH.

For more information please view the flyer or email,

Who are Peer Talk?

Peer Talk's vision is to establish a UK wide network of volunteer facilitated peer support group meetings for people who experience depression and to offer support to their families.

In addition to establishing peer support group meetings, Peer Talk aims to inform and equip individuals and communities to make a positive response to mental health issues. Here's the website for more information:

Back To School During Coronavirus

Time to Change has compiled five tips for parents to help them speak to their children, who may be experiencing worry or anxiety, about going back to school during the pandemic.

There will be many changes in the school environment that children may find hard to adjust to and this may be upsetting for them. For more information and to read the tips, please visit the Time to Change website:

Help Shape Our New Mental Health Hospitals

Surrey and Borders Partnership (SABP) want their inpatient services to provide the very best in modern mental healthcare and that’s why they need people who know and feel passionately about their services to help shape two new mental health hospitals.

SABP are looking for people with lived experience of mental health to help. Whether you've used services in the past, are a family member or carer of someone who has, or you work for the Trust, please join a meeting to be held virtually on Friday 4th September (10am-12pm), to share ideas and challenge thinking.

This is a follow up session to the launch event earlier in the year and because of the current Covid-19 restrictions, these sessions will be online for the foreseeable future.

You can book a place via eventbrite -

If you have any queries, please contact:

A Look Back At Welcome Buddies Over The Past 5 Months

Welcome Buddies is run by Voluntary Action South West Surrey and is part of the Welcome Project. It aims to help people with mental ill-health move on with their lives through recruiting volunteers to support people to join in with activities in their communities.

The project is run by Denise Graves and David Rose and they have been looking back over the last five months at the positive changes to the project following the lockdown and isolation period.

Initially people wishing to have a volunteer buddy and work on their own personal action plans would meet weekly for a couple of hours with their buddy. Then the lockdown was put in place and it was no longer possible for the clients and buddies to meet face-face.

Instead meetings quickly moved to virtual video calls and regular telephone calls that people enjoyed. Groups would then meet via video call and some pop-up virtual coffee meetings were started.

As the months progressed and the lockdown eased, Denise and David started organising walks with very small groups. This has been a fantastic way for everyone in the project to get to know each other better. Walks have taken place in Guildford, Cranleigh and Bramley and they will continue to organise these weekly as they are proving popular!

Other activities that have been introduced include gardening. For Earth’s Sake, a shop in Cranleigh owned by Vanessa Ford, are offering the team the opportunity to use a bit of their land for growing vegetables and Denise and David are currently working to set this opportunity up, that will hopefully be established by autumn. This will be a good opportunity for clients who simply wish to spend time in a relaxed outdoor setting with a few others.

The team need garden tools for this venture and would be grateful for any help. If you or anyone you know wishes to donate tools please contact Denise on 07825417204 or email

Finally,this summer two clients of the project have become peer mentors and as Welcome Buddies progresses, they feel more of a complete team!

Groups meeting via video calls and telephone calls are now a regular part of the project. The Buddies are also about to receive some virtual training from Surrey Live about the importance of physical exercise and mental health.

Volunteers are still needed, particularly volunteers to help accompany people outdoors for walks after a long period of shielding. For more information about the project or to sign up, please ring Denise via 07825417204 or email or contact David, 07825419408.

Apps For Good Mental Health

As the nation eases out of lockdown and people begin getting back to some form of normality, this time is expected to be exceedingly stressful for many.

To help people manage the stress, anxiety and maintain good mental wellbeing as we come out of the lockdown, the NHS have a list of various apps available that can help support mental health.

Here is the link to the list of apps -

The Independant Mental Health Network Welcomes New Members

If you have experience of mental ill-health or care for someone who has, then you can join the Independent Mental Health Network(IMHN). It's free to join and they are welcoming new members.

The IMHN works with commissioners and service providers to improve mental health services in Surrey and North East Hants. Members can join the coordinating group at bi-monthly meetings, one of the Stakeholder Groups, a small discussion group or a project group looking at a specific issue. All the groups activity is running virtually at the moment and you can join online or by phone (for free) or SMS text relay.

Some members choose to contribute by answering surveys and sending questions out to the network rather than attending meetings or working on projects and that’s fine too.

You can join online here:

To contact the IMHN Coordinator (Guy Hill) please phone or text him on 07305 009 869, alternatively email or write to Surrey & NE Hants Independent Mental Health Network freepost: RTRR-GHXS-YHHZ, Surrey Coalition of Disabled People, Astolat, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7HL.

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