Abby Lacey

Mental Health

Mental Health Mates is an internationally recognised resource for anyone experiencing mental health challenges.

MHM provides a healing environment, but it is not therapy. It is run by people who are not experts in mental illness, but who have endless experience in it. It is peer support at its finest: we have seen people thrive and come alive though our walks, not to mention forming friendships that help people move forward and grow.

Mental Health Mates – Reading is a peer support group organising walks and talks for those in our local area affected by mental illness, along with their families, children, friends and dogs (on leads).

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A friendly, welcoming peer support group for people with depression and anxiety in Reading and Wokingham. They meet online every Monday at 7.00pm on Zoom. Please join the facebook group for details and email: if you have any questions and would like to be on the mailing list.

Compass Recovery College is an organisation based in Reading, Berkshire, UK, commissioned by Reading Borough Council. They are focused on the message that recovery from mental health challenges is both likely and possible with the right tools. 

Compass provides free courses and social groups for anyone in the area aged 18 or over who may be affected directly or indirectly by mental ill health.

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Stepping Stones Recovery College logo

Stepping Stones Recovery College, in Bracknell, is a very special place for anyone experiencing challenges to their mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. This might be due to a diagnosed or long-term condition, recovery from addiction, homelessness, trauma or abuse. Or you may not have any diagnosis but feel lonely, stressed or anxious and that your quality of life is not what it should be.

Wokingham Recovery College gives people with mental health problems the chance to access education, workshops and training programmes, designed to help them on their road to recovery. The college aims to help people become experts in their own self-care and enable family, friends and staff to better understand mental health.

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Recovery in Mind offers free of charge courses to anyone living in West Berkshire. Their courses help you ‘self-manage’ your mental health difficulties and offer an educational approach which is not therapy or a counselling service.

Talking Therapies is a friendly and approachable NHS service that offers support if you’re coping with challenges like depression, stress, anxiety or phobias. If you’re aged 17 and over and living in Berkshire, they can help you overcome the mental health challenges you’re facing. 

Sport in Mind is an independent multi-award winning mental health charity (unaffiliated to Mind and not part of the local Mind network) that was formed in Reading, Berkshire in 2010 with a simple mission: “To improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity”

In 2019, I started Mental Health Mates – Reading, a peer support group organising walks and talks for people suffering from mental illness, along with their family and friends. Since then, I have made many friends and connected with so many like-minded people, so I thought it would be great to give them a platform to tell their stories. If this podcast can help just one person then my job is done.