Mental Health

Creating communities of people who come together to help and support each other

Crisis Helplines

Crisis Lines

Mental Health Friends are not professionals. If you are in crisis please see the helplines below.

  • In an emergency Call 999
  • Go to your local A&E department
  • If you’re in crisis and need to speak to someone:
  • Call NHS 111 (for when you need help but are not in immediate danger)
  • Contact your GP and ask for an emergency appointment
  • Contact the Samaritans Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts. 116 123 (free to call from within the UK and Ireland), 24 hours a day.
  • Use the ‘Shout’ crisis text line- text SHOUT to 85258

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Mental Health

1 in 4 people will experience mental health problems In their lifetime. It does not discriminate and affects people of all ages, genders, ethnicities and walks of life. 

What We do

We offer ongoing peer support groups, activities, events, complementary therapies, resources, talking therapies and the latest interventions / recommendations as they arise.  The aim of the group is to help prevent an individual from reaching crisis by allowing them to access all of the above as opposed to being isolated and alone.

Our Vision

Our long term aim is to see Mental Health Friends groups start everywhere, to create a national community of people who come together and support each other with their mental health.

Claire Readman


I founded Mental Health Friends Brackley Group on the 22nd February 2019, after a long battle with Depression and Social Anxiety and realising how talking about my struggles with fellow sufferers helped me. My friend Emma has since joined me to help with our local Peer Support Group and Facebook page.

In August, I registered with “Rethink Mental Illness” to offer peer support groups, however, Mental Health Friends will remain totally independent. I am available to answer your questions or provide any assistance you may need.


A supportive network

We have a growing number of members, our community group forms a strong and reliable network. This allows us to advocate in the local community and work directly with the people we support.

Early Intervention

Early intervention is key.
Unfortunately mental health is still a taboo topic in our society. Our groups aim is to raise awareness and acceptance surrounding this topic.

Everyday support

We pursue close relationships with mental health specialists and charities to reach out as early as possible to offer assistance.



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