How we help Caring for a child Re:minds Re:minds Description Re:Minds is a parent-led support group for families who have children/young people with autism or mental health issues and is based in Southampton. It was founded with mutual support in mind, their aim is to allow people whose children face similar issues to meet up in an informal setting to share knowledge and talk about any challenges our families are facing. They don’t claim to be experts, just other families who understand what it can feel like to be on the autism/mental health journey. The group is open to anyone; you don’t have to live in Southampton or have a diagnosis to be able to come along. They do ask you not to bring children to the groups, as they believe it is important for adults to have a safe space to express their feelings. Sometimes just talking to other people can make a real difference! See their March 21 newsletter for most up to date information here: remindsmarchnewsletter.pdf Groups Groups include; pop-in meetings (day/evening), speaker meetings, family group, education group, hospital support. For full details of groups see: https://www.reminds.org.uk/groups Address St. James Road Methodist Church, St. James Road, Shirley, Southampton, SO15 5HE Cost Free. Donations for refreshments. Email [email protected] Website http://reminds.org.uk Social media https://www.facebook.com/groups/ReMinds/ "I can quite easily say that Re:minds saved me. I was desperate and flailing in a system designed to help but that actually was not offering me any solutions or help. In my darkest hour I considered ending it for both of us. I came to that first meeting at Re:minds full of trepidation, I didn’t know anyone else there and talking about my daughters fragile mental health seemed a daunting thing, but I knew that we were in danger of losing her if I didn’t find a way to help her myself. The group were so welcoming and Gill opened up by putting everyone at their ease and talked about her own son and his mental health. All of a sudden I was in a room full of friends. I can say with certainty that some of these people are now friends for life, I am understood, supported, befriended and most of all I’m not on my own struggling with this scary condition.You never know when you are going to walk in these shoes and I didn’t know how many people were walking in them with me.The group has gone on to make alliances with CAMHS and is well respected by parents and professionals alike. I’ve had training, borrowed books, drank coffee, cried with others, and I hope helped out others along the way.Quite simply without this group I have no doubt things could have ended up differently. Thank you Gill, you are amazing and I am privileged to have met you. Angela"