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Service User Network (SUN) service

We can help if you’re having difficulties with emotions and personality disorders.

We offer open peer support groups, where you can share your experiences and support each other with advice. You don't need a diagnosis to attend and can sign yourself up. Our groups are delivered both face to face in the community and online.

It may be that you’re having difficulties with managing your emotions, relationships, being impulsive or your own identity

You may identify with or have a diagnosis of personality disorder.

Our aim is to support you in the community, improve your quality of life and reduce the need for further intervention from other services.   

Peer support groups

Our support groups allow people to help others by sharing their own experiences. The sessions are facilitated by both clinical and lived experience facilitators.

All our group members are valued as experts because of their experiences. Becoming part of our groups means you can get the support you need and help others by sharing your own experiences.

Our service is suitable if you’re comfortable talking with others in group settings.

The sessions can help in different ways, such as:

  • Supporting you to learn the different coping skills that can help you through difficult times
  • Connecting and learning from people who have similar experiences or who are in similar situations
  • Providing a safe space to be heard and understood
  • Encouraging problem solving skills
  • Guiding you to other services and sources of support that might be beneficial

Read our SUN Peer Support Group leaflet (pdf)

Read our SUN Peer Support Group poster (jpeg)

This is the structure of a typical peer support group session. 

Check in (45 mins)

Every member must check in with how they are doing and what they are looking to get out of the group.

New members are welcomed and the group assist them in completing their crisis and support plan (CASP).

This document is kept up to date and used to support members in times of struggle.

Break 15 mins.  

Open Forum (50 mins)

This is the main section where members discuss topics brought up in check in and offer support and advice to one another.

Break 10 mins  

Check out (30 mins)

Every member must check out with how they are feeling after the group.

Group minutes are taken, covering a summary of discussions and any actions that need to be taken.

This is how both online and face to face groups run.

You can register by using our online form, or by contacting our team. You can also talk to us if you want to know more about SUN, or you need help using our online form.

We’re available for contact 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Use our online registration form to register your place (opens new tab)

Email SUNTeam@berkshire.nhs.uk

Call 0300 365 8000

Here are the timetables for our group sessions. The locations and times could change, so please contact us to confirm before you attend.

We’ll confirm the address of the session with you when you register.

Online

Day of the week Time
Tuesday 1.30pm to 4pm
Wednesday 10am to 12.30pm
Thursday 9.30am to 12pm

Bracknell (face-to-face)

Day of the week Time
Tuesday 10am to 12.30pm

Reading (face-to-face)

Day of the week Time
Wednesday 1.30pm to 4pm

You can contact us by calling or emailing. 

Call 0300 365 8000

Email SUNTeam@berkshire.nhs.uk

Our team is available for contact at the following opening times.

Day of the week Opening times
Monday 9am to 5pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 9am to 5pm
Thursday 9am to 5pm
Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Local support

Breathing Space (Berkshire West)

A safe, welcoming and supportive space for anybody aged over 18 experiencing emotional distress and struggling to cope.

Visit the Breathing Space website 

Compass Recovery College (Reading)

A mental health and wellbeing organisation based in Reading, Berkshire, UK, commissioned by Reading Borough Council.

Visit Compass Recovery College website

Recovery in Mind (Newbury)

They support adults living in West Berkshire with mental health challenges by delivering free of charge, inspiring and empowering courses.

Visit Recovery in Mind website 

Safe Haven (East Berkshire)

The Safe Haven offers a welcoming, comfortable, non-judgmental, and non-clinical environment. They provide emotional support and information if you are in crisis or feel you are heading toward a crisis situation.

Visit Safe Haven website 

Stepping Stones Bracknell Recovery College (Bracknell)

They offer a range of free courses and workshops for anyone experiencing challenges to their mental health, physical and emotional wellbeing. This might be due to a diagnosed or long-term condition, recovery from addiction, homelessness, trauma or abuse

Visit the Stepping Stones Recovery College website 

Sport in Mind

Mental health sports charity that provides physical activity (sport, walking, dance and movement, gardening and exercise sessions) projects in partnership with the NHS in order to aid recovery, promote mental wellbeing, improve physical health, combat social isolation and empower people to move their lives forward in a positive direction.

Visit Sport in Mind website 

Wokingham Recovery Collage  

They offer free mental health and wellbeing courses, workshops, and support groups.

Visit Wokingham Recovery College website

Our mental health services

Our mental health teams and services, including Talking Therapies, are available if you need support. 

You can find resources and guides on our website to help you if you need more advice.  

Resources to help with your mental health wellbeing (opens new browser tab)

Our Neurodiversity Passport can help you communicate your needs to our staff. It covers sensory processing, your communication preferences, and topics that might make you feel anxious and overwhelmed, so that we can support you.   

Read about our neurodiversity passport