Peer Support Groups

Last updated: 17 May 2022

Peer Support Groups are spaces where people who share an experience or challenge share with and support each other. These groups are usually facilitated by one or two people. Those people usually also share similar or the same experiences as the rest of the group members. Peer support spaces operate with the Peer Values of Hope, Experience, Authenticity, Responsibility, Mutuality and Empowerment at their core.

The groups listed below are open to new members.


Mental Health Peer Support

Andy’s Man Club

Peer to peer support for men.

When and When – Monday’s at 7pm. North Merchiston Club, Watson Crescent, Edinburgh EH11 1EP.

Contact – 07944 632831 or info@andysmanclub.co.uk/ http://www.andysmanclub.co.uk/


Anxiety and Depression Peer Support Group (Health in Mind)

For people experiencing anxiety, depression and/or low mood.

Where and When – Online and in person. Monday and Tuesday evenings weekly. Find the groups full information on iThrive here.

Contact edinburghselfhelp@health-in-mind.org.uk or call 0131 225 8508


Chapters Men’s Group (Connecting Craigmillar)

Open to men living in the greater Craigmillar area.

Where and When – In person. Friday afternoons.

Contact edinburghselfheconnectingcraigmillar@gmail.com or call Angela on 07909257415 or Will on 07909257414


Equal Access (Health in Mind)

Mental health and wellbeing groups for minority ethnic people.

Where and When – Online (Zoom). Fortnightly Monday 11am -12.30pm (for women). Fortnightly Thursday 12.30- 2 pm (for all).

Contact Rahila.Khalid@health-in-mind.org.uk or call 0131 225 8508


Juno Perinatal Groups

Information and peer support for people affected by bipolar.

Where and Whenonline meetings.

Contact juno.enquiries@gmail.com


The Listening Space (Health in Mind)

Speak 1:1 to a peer volunteer, followed by a group peer space.

Where and When Online and in person (Gilmerton and Leith). Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

Contact Edinburgh@health-in-mind.org.uk or call 0131 225 8508


Lothian Bipolar Self Help Group

Information and peer support for people affected by bipolar.

Where and When – monthly hybrid meetings (option to attend online or in person). All ages group; 18-30 group and Carers Group.

Contact info@lothianbipolargroup.org.uk

Grief and Bereavement

Scottish Cot Death Trust

For families who are directly affected by the sudden or unexpected loss of a baby or child. Online peer support available.

Contactcontact@scottishcotdeathtrust.org


SoBs Edinburgh (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide)

For people who have lost somebody to suicide.

Where and When – Online (Zoom) last Thursday of the month, 7pm to 8.30pm. In person second Tuesday of the month, 6.30pm to 8.30pm in a central Edinburgh location. 

Contactedinburgh@uksobs.org

Friends and Family

Family Support Group (Connecting Craigmillar)

For family members of anyone affected by addiction, living in the greater Craigmillar area.

Where and When – In person on Monday afternoons.

Contact edinburghselfheconnectingcraigmillar@gmail.com or call Angela on 07909257415 or Will on 07909257414


Lothian Bipolar Carers Group

Information and peer support for people affected by bipolar Carers Group.

Contact info@lothianbipolargroup.org.uk


Peer Support Group for Carers Edinburgh Carers Council

Monthly peer support group for family and friends of people who experience mental health difficulties.

Contactrachael@edinburghcarerscouncil.co.uk


Rainbow Recovery

Peer support group for people dealing with another person’s addiction.

ContactHello.rainbowrecovery@gmail.com


Rainbow Support for Carers (Health in Mind)

Courses and peer spaces for carers.

ContactHello.rainbowrecovery@gmail.com



Was this page helpful?

Is all the information correct?


Looking for self-help information

If you’re experiencing low mood, anxiety, or stress in your life, looking into self-help activities and ideas might be the right option for you.