Offload is a venture set up to bridge the gap between self and professional help for males aged 18 and over suffering from mental health issues in Cumbria.
Here to deal with some of the less serious stuff, think of us as a mate who will hear you out if you’re struggling. If you’re simply looking for some moral support and can't find anyone to listen, Offload is here for you.
Specifically, the support offered will be in the form of peer support sessions taking place in Carlisle at:
⭐️ Greystone Community Centre, Close St, CA1 2HA.
First and third Monday of every month at 7-8.30pm.
Walk up - no registration required.
⭐️ The Lookout, Shadygrove Rd, CA2 7LD (as part of the North Cumbria Recovery College).
Weekly on Tuesdays at 5-6.30pm.
Optional Registration at: https://buff.ly/3HJ7ZL
If you'd like to get involved or have any questions please get in touch - firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE NOTE: we don’t currently have a phone number as our volunteers have other full time roles and are unable to facilitate this.
**Offload is not designed to replace professional help services and we are not trained counsellors, therapists or coaches. If we don't feel we can help, we will signpost you to a more suitable organisation. **
Peer support occurs when people use their
lived experience as a tool for support. Peer
support groups can help you build self-
confidence, become more informed and this
may lead to you becoming more in control of
your life. They help you feel you are not so
alone. Groups offer support, understanding
and acceptance that you can only get from
someone who has been where you are.
Please contact us if you cannot find an answer to your question.
We run weekly sessions which take as part of the North Cumbria Recovery College which take place 5-6.30pm every Tuesday at the Lookout, Carlisle. You can book onto these sessions by signing up at: https://buff.ly/3HJ7ZLx
We also run evening sessions at Greystone Community Centre on the first and third Monday of every month which run 7-8.30pm. You do not need to book for these sessions, simply turn up.
Yes, group members are more than welcome to bring along support.
Ultimately we would love to help everyone but currently limited resources mean we have chosen to focus on the group which statistics dictate are most at risk and where current support is lacking.
If you are a professional seeking to refer a service user to the group, we are happy to discuss suitability of the group against service user needs. Please email email@example.com
The idea for Offload was born after drawing on my own experiences of accessing mental health support in Cumbria. After developing PTSD from working in the emergency services, I found that there can be a lack of appropriate support if you don’t tick certain boxes.
Since setting up the group mid 2019, numbers attending have steadily grown and we have received lots of positive feedback about how the group has been a lifeline when guys have felt like they’ve run out of options. There’s no magic to it - lads simply share their problems and literally offload the weight they’ve been carrying around on their shoulders.
I would encourage any lads out there who are struggling mentally to come down and see what we’re all about. - Liam, group founder
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