Friends in Need

Friends in Need is a social network for adults experiencing or in recovery from depression and/or anxiety.  It was set up to lift people out of the terrible isolation and loneliness these difficulties bring.

The Croydon service is delivered by one coordinator via funding from Croydon IAPT.  This serves as a great partnership offering Friends in Need access to clinical expertise via the therapists who deliver CBT-based talking therapy and counselling via SLaM primary care services (based at the Bethlem Royal Hospital site in Beckenham).

At the current time Friends in Need is open only to those who are accessing Croydon Talking Therapies (IAPT) service and are referred by one of the therapists there. The service is not suitable for those experiencing serious mental illness as it is designed for those are at a point in their recovery where they might contribute to the group and have the potential to offer peer support. FiN is service is primarily peer-led and facilitated by the Coordinator.

Throughout the week Friends in Need members meet each other throughout the Croydon area (in café’s, parks Fairfield House, and other venues) encouraging one another and focusing their attention towards various activities evidence-based wheelofwellbeing.

Activities include:

  • Crafts (jewellery-making, mosaic-making and card-making) 
  • Poetry reading, writing, sharing 
  • Guided walks (always with a coffee stop) 
  • Keep-fit 
  • Cinema 
  • Trips out of Croydon 
  • Lots of coffee and chat 

For more information check out the website links in the box below…