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St.Helens Mind is a voluntary organisation working with people living in the Borough, who are aged 18+ and who experience distress or isolation because of mental health difficulties. The Befriending Service will provide support

for people who feel isolated or alone due to the effects of mental illness.


 Who is a Befriender and how they can help you?

A Befriender is someone who can be there just for you; to listen to you and give you some time when you most need it.



We offer a face to face and telephone befriending

How can befriending help?


  • Weekly meetings with a St Helens Mind Volunteer

  • Reduce Isolation

  • Talk about common interests

  • General chat

  • Become more confident


How does the Service work?


Someone from the Befriending Service will contact you to assess your needs and suitability for the service, and later introduce you to a befriending volunteer. Your Volunteer Befriender will arrange a regular meeting with you. 


The Befriending Service aims to

  • Improve self-confidence

  • Improve self-esteem

  • Reduce isolation caused by mental ill-health

  • Reduce loneliness

  • Enable people to cope with their lives beyond the Befriending Service


Being part of the Befriending Service will enable you to:


  • Express your concerns/feelings and have them listened to

  • Find companionship and friendship

  • Get practical support

  • Get assistance with developing self-help and coping skills


Are you interested?


If you think the Befriending Service can help you, please ask for a referral form. Call the Befriending Service Team on 07912 059881. Your form will need to be completed by your key worker, social worker, or another professional who is working with you.


When the completed form is received, someone from the St.Helens Mind Befriending Service Team will contact you to arrange a meeting to discuss your situation and how we may be able to help.

Activities & Groups
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St.Helens Mind has several groups and activities to encourage people to enjoy the company of others, try new hobbies,

or explore existing ones. 

Offering peer support, and support from volunteers and staff, these groups are enjoyed by many of our members who seek to keep connected and find enjoyment from sharing space and interests with other people.

Current activities and groups include:


  • The Sound of Mind Choir

  • Music in Mind

  • Arts & Minds

  • Cinema Group

  • Mixed Social Group

  • Men's Group

  • Ladies Active Group

Plans are afoot for new groups including a craft group, reading for well-being, and a walking group. However, we aim to respond to the needs of people who join us and make new opportunities where and when we can.

Some of our activities are now open for anyone aged 18+ to join, to enjoy some company

and try out a new hobby or activity.

These activities are 

The Sound of Mind Choir

Music in Mind

A Place to Grow- our allotment



How to join our activities

To have full access to our groups, befriending service, and support, you need to be referred by a GP, social worker,  or another professional worker who supports you.

The referral forms for all our services for anyone who has a diagnosis of mild to moderate mental health diagnosis and would like to access either the Befriending Service or any of our social groups and activities can be found here.

Wellbeing Activities for All


To join our choir, allotment and/or Music in Mind Group, you can self-refer by completing the referral form, found here

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