Friends in Need

Friends in Need is a social network for adults in recovery from depression and/or anxiety.  It was set up to lift people out of the sense of isolation and loneliness these difficulties bring.  There are several Friends in Need services across the country which are hosted by Mind, and hundreds of informal ones online.

The local service is delivered by one coordinator (employed by Mind in Croydon) via funding from Croydon IAPT/SLaM.  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).

Friends in Need is available for those accessing primary care services psychological therapies services via Croydon IAPT who experience low mood, anxiety and or depression. The service is not suitable for those experiencing serious mental illness, or those with more complex, comorbid issues. FiN 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 service is peer-led where possible, and facilitated by the Coordinator.

Throughout the week Friends in Need members can meet each other throughout the Croydon area (in café’s, parks, Mind in Croydon’s Fairfield House, and other venues) encouraging one another and focusing their attention towards various activities that link up with the 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…

Friends in Need

Friends in Need

Email Friends in Need 'Project Coordinator':


Mind in Croydon Website: