Meeting people in Birmingham who understand mental health?

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I moved to Brum in November from Hull to live with my boyfriend, and as of yet havnt actually met any friends of my own because of my anxiety and not having anything in common with his friends (they also think i'm a lunatic.. see my thread on the relationships bit in the main forum). I work Monday to Friday 9 til 6.30/7pm so i'd find it hard to find a support group i would actually have the time to go to.
Anyone got any ideas, or even live near the center? (I dont live in the city center myself, but only a 20min bus ride out)
 
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hi and welcome to brum ive lived in brum all my life and just live 10 mins from the city centre what kind of support group are u looking for let me know.
 
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hi the only support group i know of is the ocd support group which is held on the third of saturday every month ive been there twice and they do discuss bpd which is really helpful
 
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I live about 10 mins from the city centre myself and my doctor referred me to a thing called birmingham healthy minds, i dont know if you could maybe get any help from them that would fit around your busy schedule? i havent been for my appointment yet so i cant tell you how helpful they are/if they are helpful, but it cud maybe be worth looking into :) xx
 
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I live twenty minutes from city centre too
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does anyone know of any befriending schemes in Birmingham?
I need somebody to support me going out so mum gets a rest from me!
xx
 
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ive never heard of a befriending scheme, that sounds like a good idea though! its something i would defo be interested in too xx
 
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I live twenty minutes from city centre too
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does anyone know of any befriending schemes in Birmingham?
I need somebody to support me going out so mum gets a rest from me!
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have you tried Mind?

they must offer support groups in the city both day and night groups....
 
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I live near to Birmingham and travel there often. Would be cool to find a support group of some sort. The services where I live are not that great but seems to be more available in Birmingham.
A befriending scheme i would very interested in as I feel very alone lately and like to just go out but no one to go with.
 
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im in Birmingham and have been looking for befriending schemes but cant find any
I will post on here if I find some let everyone know where they are
xx
 
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Thx Lucretia, I will have a look also. I know MIND do something like this however alot of their services are only open to those that live in the area of the local MIND office so best to look for your nearest one.
Would be nice if people from the forum could maybe meet up and just go to the park or a coffee or something to, seems to be a few of us in and around Birmingham.
 
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I moved to this city, four years ago now and still find myself wondering around aimless with few friends. I long for my home town but for many reasons need to stay here.
I find the loneliness one of the hardest things to cope with and big cities can be really hard to meet people. x
 
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I live in Sutton Coldfield so not far from Bham.
As others have suggested, try and get referred onto the Birmingham Healthy Minds list if you haven't already. I got referred for my depression, anxiety, anger and self harm back in 01/13.
Lists for waiting can average 3 months (well they did for me), I think as I did, you would have to jump through the hoops before getting 'tailored' help. I had to do 2 months group CBT (Cognitive Behavioural therapy) before being referred for 1-1 CBT. Now i'm starting that which they refer to as level 2 and I will soon be referred over to stage 3 because of my self harm and determination to commit suicide, which is more psychology/psychiatry based, delving deep to find out what the catalyst is for issues.
Hope this helps :)
 
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Just an idea this but you could try some voluntary work at the company I work for. Specialising in running courses for folks with mental health problems or learning difficulties. We do wood work arts and crafts bike maintenance and are just starting up furniture restoration. May be the kick start you need?
 
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Anxiety Support Group

I live in Birmingham
sorry you feel lonely ,maybe try those links?
Hi Fairy,

I also have had social anxiety for a number of years and want to take steps to get back to normal. People think that I am confident but I am not.

I think that a support group with other people like me might be a good Idea. Did you manage to find any groups in Birmingham?
 
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Hi Fairy,

I also have had social anxiety for a number of years and want to take steps to get back to normal. People think that I am confident but I am not.

I think that a support group woth people might be a good Idea. Did you manage to find any groups in Birmingham?
hey x i was given a link for a drop in group run by a church in Harborne ,dont know if Harborne is familiar to you?
i will try find the link and post it :welcome: to the forum xx
 
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Hi,
Thank you for replying.

Yes Harborne is very familiar to me. I live in Oldbury so it is not far at all.
I would appreciate the link. Have you attended this one yourself? I am 30 years old and was hoping to meet similar aged people who are in the same boat so we can talk about our experiences.
 
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Hi,
Thank you for replying.

Yes Harborne is very familiar to me. I live in Oldbury so it is not far at all.
I would appreciate the link. Have you attended this one yourself? I am 30 years old and was hoping to meet similar aged people who are in the same boat so we can talk about our experiences.
i live 10 minute bus ride from Harborne
i haven't been to this group ,apart from walking my dog i haven't been out for months
im aiming to try the group in new year
when i find that link i will post it xx
 
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