Just because we need to be physically distant doesn’t mean we need to be socially distant. Peer support groups and peer work services are doing their best to adapt to the physical distance measures that are currently in place.
Services in Edinburgh offering Peer Support Online
The groups listed below are open to both current and new group members.
All of the groups use the platform Zoom. If you are unable to make video calls it is possible
to phone into Zoom groups. Please enquire about this with the individual group.
If you look after a peer space in Edinburgh and would like your group to be added below, please
|When||Description||How to join|
|Anxiety and Depression Peer Support Group (Health in Mind)
A friendly peer led support group. It is open to any adults affected by depression, low mood, stress or anxiety. It offers the opportunity for confidential local support, contact with others in a similar situation and the opportunity to explore positive ways of coping with depression.
The face to face versions of these groups are in the City Centre and Stockbridge.
|For more information and to sign up please email
email@example.com before 3pm on the day you would like to attend.
If you need to phone in to the group please call us on 0131 225 8508 and leave a message including your name and contact number please state that you would like to attend the Edinburgh Anxiety and Depression group.
|Equal Access (Health in Mind)
Online support sessions for people from ethnic minority backgrounds who may face additional cultural and language barriers to accessing mental health support. Focus is on stress management and coping skills.
The Monday session usually takes place in Pilton.
|To register for the group sessions or for further information, please contact, Rahila Khalid on
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07730220109
|Anxiety Management Drop-In (Health in Mind)
A group for people experiencing anxiety who would you like to learn about evidence-based tools to help reduce symptoms of anxiety. The face to face version of this group takes place in South Queensferry
|To join an online session, or if you have any questions, please email Zoe at email@example.com|
|The Listening Space (Health in Mind)
A space for you to speak to a peer listening volunteer one to one. (1pm – 1:30pm)
An online peer support group to share, listen, and support each other. Discussions and activities exploring how we can look after our mental health and wellbeing (1:30 – 3pm)
The face to face version of this group usually takes place in Gilmerton
|For more information and to sign up, contact Jenny Green: firstname.lastname@example.org
For those who have limited or no access to the internet, we can also arrange for you to dial-in from your phone.
Call or text Jenny on 07733 899 283 for more information
|Wellbeing Group Health in Mind A supportive group for people feeling low, anxious or isolated. The Wellbeing Space meets weekly and is a space for people to share, listen and connect with each other. The face to face version of this group usually takes place in South Queensferry.||To join an online session or if you have questions, please email Anna Chmiel, at
|All Ages Group –
monthly18-30 Group – monthly
|Lothian Bipolar Self Help Group (Bipolar Scotland)
We’re a group of people who want to provide information, support and advice to individuals affected by Bipolar. Group members have their own experience of bipolar and we help each other to stay well.
The All Age Group meet on the first Thursday of the month – Stafford Centre, Broughton Street
18-30 Group – last Monday of the month –Starbucks meeting room, 120 Princes Street
|Go to https://lothianbipolargroup.org.uk/ to sign up for monthly Newsletter and to see the details of our events
Email email@example.com or Facebook.
Phone Bipolar Scotland on 0141-560-2050
Bipolar UK’s eCommunity is also available if you would like to access peer suppor
The Peer Collaborative produced an excellent short film about peer support in Edinburgh: Side by Side