Support Group

Bijoyful Support Groups offer an opportunity for people, aged 18 years and over, to talk openly about depression, other mental health issues and their impact. Peers share their experience and understanding and offer an exchange of thoughts and techniques around self-care and resilience in a supportive, confidential and proactive environment.

If you are under 18 years of age, please contact childline for support.

Bijoyful currently has two offerings for our Support Groups. Please note it is now mandatory to book your place in advance of each group, each week.

Zoom Support

Please note, Bijoyful is unable to offer technical support when it comes to setting up your account. 

In-person Support

PLEASE NOTE WITH COVID-19 ALL FACE-TO-FACE GROUPS WILL BE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Any adult who is experiencing anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or a mood related condition is welcome. No referral is needed although if attending a doctor or therapist, Bijoyful recommends that you keep them informed.

When you arrive at a Support Group, you are greeted by two Bijoyful facilitators and provided with literature about Bijoyful Depression Support services. The facilitators open the meeting, providing an overview of what you can expect. 

Facilitators introduce themselves by their first name only and invite all attending to do likewise. The meeting is declared open to anyone who would like to share.  Someone in the group shares their thoughts and feelings. To gain understanding for the group, a facilitator may ask some questions to clarify what has been shared. The facilitator asks the person sharing if they want feedback from the group and if so, opens to the group for their thoughts and support. A facilitator briefly summarises any options offered by the group before inviting others to share. 

A proactive approach is used throughout the meeting in which participants can express emotion, acknowledge feelings, question thoughts and beliefs and focus on helpful actions they can take.

All Support Group attendees agree to keep everything that is said and takes place at the meeting completely confidential. This is essential in allowing each person the safety to express whatever he or she would like to say.

There are limits to confidentiality for the group facilitators.

To ensure a positive experience for all, we ask the below: 

  • Participants and facilitators have respect for each other’s time by being punctual, arriving and finishing the meeting on time, as well as allowing all group members time to share, if they wish. Most meetings last 90 minutes 
  • To be tolerant and respectful of one another and acknowledge differing opinions 
  • To avoid mentioning doctors, hospitals and medications by name, as what suits one person may not suit another 
  • To be mindful that everyone attending has the opportunity to contribute but no-one will ever be forced to do so 

* Please note that anyone who has consumed alcohol or used other recreational drugs will be asked to leave. Bijoyful reserves the right to refuse admission.
 

Depression Support Services

Zoom peer support group

All Weekdays (Mon-Fri, 5-6.30 pm)