Side by Side app by Mind

Did you know that Mind has a supportive online community that you can join in with?

Side by Side is a supportive online community where you can feel at home talking about your mental health and connect with others who understand what you are going through.

We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard. Whether you’re feeling good right now, or having a hard time, it’s a safe place to share experiences and listen to others. The community is available to all, 24/7.

Side by Side is moderated daily from 8.30am to midnight.

Join the Side by Side Community here: Mind – Side By Side

What is Side by Side for?

Side by Side is grounded in the values of peer support. It’s a welcoming place for people to make connections, learn from each other and feel inspired to take positive steps on their mental health journeys. Side by Side is not a crisis service and we ask all members to use the community safely and reach out for other forms of support if they think they might need urgent help. Check out Mind’s information and advice on support in a crisis.

You Said, We Did (June 2021)


At Derbyshire Mind we believe in ensuring our community services reflect what you the community want and need, and one of the ways we do this is by addressing your comments and feedback . Here are a couple of the most recent ‘You said, we did’ outcomes:

You said ‘We loved Music of our Lives and would like to see it run again’ and ‘I would have loved more sessions in the course’

We did:

Derbyshire Mind have listened to this feedback and ‘Music of our Lives’ is being delivered again and for 6 weeks instead of 4 weeks!

Each week will have a theme and you will have the opportunity to share songs, your experiences and talk about your own special pieces of music. Sessions are delivered by local Music Therapist Alex Blood.

You said ‘Can you deliver more activities during Mental Health Awareness Week’

We did:

Derbyshire Mind delivered a full week of varied activities for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, with the theme being Connecting with Nature. Activities included:

  • Mindful Crafts – Fabric flower crafting
  • Good Mood with Food – Ask a Nutritionist
  • Movement & Mindfulness – Nature based special edition
  • Connecting with Nature in the Spring with Wellbeing at Whistlewood
  • Webinar with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust – Exploring the 5 Ways to Wild Wellbeing webinar
  • Music of our Lives – Nature based special edition
  • Spiral Arts – Rewilding Derby Arboretum – Paint a Postcard and other crafts
  • We also hosted the ‘Wild Wellbeing’ facebook group for the week and had conversations with you all around the five ways to wellbeing

We are already looking forward to Mental Health Awareness Week 2022!

Is there something you would like to see from Derbyshire Mind’s Enjoying Derbyshire Programme?