Share your feelings without fear of consequence or judgement

Peer support and befriending services for young people

No expectations

No judgement

No pretence

Everyone deserves someone they can open up to

When you’re struggling with your mental health or find day-to-day life is taking its toll, being around people who don't accept you for who you are can hinder you from accepting yourself and becoming the person you want to be. You need a safe space where you can work on overcoming your individual challenges with a community of like-minded people who will welcome any feelings or experiences you'd like to share.

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Rain On Me is a registered Community Interest Company (CIC) – a not for profit organisation that invests all funds generated by our services back into supporting young people. Your financial support will enable us to reach out to more young people who find themselves isolated by their mental health challenges. We are grateful for all contributions, no matter how modest.

You never need to feel alone with Rain On Me

Don’t live life feeling isolated and misunderstood. You’re not alone. We promise. Book a peer support group meeting or befriending session and meet with like-minded young people who understand how the smallest things in daily life can sometimes feel like the greatest challenges. It’s OK. Let’s talk it through so you can feel strengthened with the empowerment you need to cope better, be who you want to be and live the fulfilling life you deserve.

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“Have you ever been hurt too many times, by too many people? I know it can crush your fragile heart. I have felt it!

People call us too emotional, overthinkers or sensitive. Nothing to be offended, but perhaps a gentle term would be ‘innocent’.

In my case, I give too much, love too much, care too much and even without expecting anything in return, I have eventually ended up being used or hurt.

Of course it would make me bitter for some time, but over the past few years, I have chosen to become a better person with each such experience. I decided to take these events with a grain of salt and retain my humanity and innocence, even though the world might seem to me as a mean place sometimes!

I agree I can be unapologetically sensitive! But I feel that it is this very innocence you can say, that gives hope that humanity will exist, no matter how difficult the times are, globally.

This trait that most of us possess lends a helping hand to those who are bruised and battered, emotionally, physically or by any other aspect.

So, you never know. Maybe, your innocent self might be an ‘angel in disguise’ for people who have been turned down by their own loved ones.

The world needs people like you.”🙏🏼

-Thank you for sharing. @resham_1993 🧡
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That place for me.. is me.

I used to feel like I needed to get away.. go on holiday.. take a break and escape my reality for a while. And to some extent I still feel that way on some days. But in day to day life it’s not always possible to take a ‘proper break’ or have a change in scenery. So where can I go?

Don’t get me wrong, I have immense support around me and I don’t hesitate to ask for help. But when things get overwhelming and there’s no place/person to turn to in that moment, I choose to turn to me.

I choose to be still in the chaos. Even if it’s just for a second… I find glimpses of freedom with every deep breath I take. 🙏🏼
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It’s nearly the end of 2022. It might have been a difficult year for you that’s wavered your hope. Or you might have had a fulfilling year. Either way, take a moment to reflect and close your year with gratitude. 🙏🏼

Please DM to register or use the link in Bio.👏🏼

All reminders and updates in the stories through the week.✨
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“I don’t need approval or validation from others.” - I hear this a lot and it’s fair. I believe it’s important to have a basic level of self-worth that doesn’t waver depending on other people’s perception of us.

But are we depriving ourselves of fulfilling a basic human need by leaning on this mentality too much?

Because I also love it when people acknowledge me.. validate what I’m feeling or appreciate my efforts.

Do you not like it when you receive a compliment? Or when people say you look great today? Or when people recognise what an amazing person you are? 🥰

We’re meant to be social beings. A single word of kindness, a smile or a hug can change everything for a person.

Yes, we are responsible for fulfilling our own needs. But I also think it’s ok to want to be loved and cared for. We can have a balance of both?

Also, have you told someone you appreciate them recently? 🧡
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It’s nearly the end of 2022. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or looking for a place where you can feel heard and understood, join our monthly, in person Peer Support Meetings at the Charing Cross Library.

🙌🏼 Last Sunday of every month 🙌🏼

This group is facilitated by like-minded people with lived experience. We are here to listen and offer you support so you can find your own answers. 🙏🏼

It is open to anyone aged 18-35. All discussions are completely confidential (unless yours or someone’s safety is at immediate risk).

There is space for only 10-12 people in each meeting so please book in advance.

✨DM for more info or register using the Link in Bio.✨

We look forward to welcoming you. 🧡
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It’s nearly the end of 2022! What feelings are coming up for you? How are you taking care of yourself right now? What do you need? Let’s talk about it. 🧡

It’s free and open to all countries. 🙌🏼
Bring a loved one with you if you like.

Please DM for details or you can book using the Link In Bio!

All reminders and updates in the stories through the week.✨
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“This notion has been prevalent in society for ages, especially in the regions where masculinity is characterised by a cool heart and stance.

We forget sometimes that boys or men, just like their female counterparts, also have feelings and emotions.

Many families from several cultures teach their sons to control their tears and feelings.
“Its not manly to cry”, they say.

As a school kid, I personally saw how a friend from in my neighbourhood was bullied terribly at the tender age of 7 years. That incident really affected me, provoking me to keep this troubling question in my head “why aren’t boys & men allowed to cry?”

These ‘rules’ have a genuine negative impact on men. I think it also widens the gap between men and women later on in their relationships, with the “stronger” male partner being less expressive.

Maybe the reason is that men are fearful of showing their soft and vulnerable side to their loved ones! It’s all they’ve ever known.

I firmly believe that growing up, boys should be given equal chance to express their feelings and emotions.
Let’s pledge to raise a generation of mentally strong, yet soft-hearted, mature boys and men. “👏🏼

-Thank you @resham_1993 for sharing your thoughts and reminding us of this important topic. 🙏🏼
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“In our natural desire to be someone, we often are at odds with our shared humanity and collective existence that, whether we accept it or not, defines everything we already are.” - art and words by @oxherdboy ❤️

This moved me today. Remembering the bigger picture. 🙏🏼
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Can you openly accept how you judge people? Let’s discuss our preconceptions (and their origins) in a safe non-judgmental space.

We can only provoke change when we first admit and accept every part of ourselves- even the parts we may not like or feel ashamed of.

Everyone is welcome. It’s free and open to all countries. 🙌🏼

-Also be aware that your triggers are your own responsibility and we cannot stop others from sharing what they need to process for themselves. But you don’t have to do the exercises or share if you don’t want to, no one will pressure you. Your presence is enough. 😊

Bring a loved one with you if you like.
Please DM to register and for the log in details or you can book using the Link In Bio!

All reminders and updates in the stories through the week.✨
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Me chilling with my demons like it’s any other day. 😌🤷🏻‍♀️
#ocdlife #hearingvoices
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Where is home for you? 💕

Art- @poorlydrawnlines
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Send this to someone to show your gratitude ❤️✨ ...

It’s ok to be nervous. It’s also ok to not speak at all. Your presence is enough for us. We accept you as you are. ❤️ ...

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or looking for a place where you can feel accepted and understood, join our monthly, in person Peer Support Meetings at the Charing Cross Library.

🙌🏼 Last Sunday of every month 🙌🏼

This group is facilitated by like-minded people with lived experience. We are here to listen and offer you support so you can find your own answers. 🙏🏼

It is open to anyone aged 18-35. All discussions are completely confidential (unless yours or someone’s safety is at immediate risk).

There is space for only 10-15 people in each meeting so please book in advance.

✨DM to register or use the Link in Bio.✨

We look forward to welcoming you. 🧡
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Everyone deserves to have a space where they are welcomed and accepted, regardless of how they’re feeling.
Thank you for putting your trust in us. It means everything. ❤️
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Send this to someone who helped you carry the weight ❤️

Art- @lizclimo
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The cost-of-living crisis in the U.K. and in general, money habits have a huge impact on our mental well-being.
We’ll be exploring our relationship with money.

Please note that we don’t give advice. We only share our personal experiences and support each other. 🤗

Everyone is welcome. It’s free and open to all countries. 🙌🏼

-Please don’t be late as this may disrupt the flow of the session for the other participants. ⏰

-Please have your camera on for privacy reasons (let me know if you don’t feel up for it on the day). 📷

-Also be aware that your triggers are your own responsibility and we cannot stop others from sharing what they need to process for themselves. But you don’t have to do the exercises or share if you don’t want to, no one will pressure you. Your presence is enough. 😊

Bring a loved one with you if you like.
Please DM to register and for the log in details or you can book using the Link In Bio!

All reminders and updates in the stories through the week.✨
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You are enough. 🙏🏼
Send this to someone who needs a gentle reminder. ❤️

Art- @lizclimo
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Supporting and empowering young people to overcome daily stress and mental health struggles

There’s nothing worse than not being able to express who you really are and what’s troubling you. That’s why Rain On Me offers a safe, confidential space for young people all over the world to speak freely and explore their own personal development. We provide free peer support meetings, low-cost befriending sessions and workshops where young people can share how they feel without fear of consequence and can learn to build resilience. We use therapeutic arts to enable freedom of expression and raise self awareness, because finding the right words to reflect how we feel isn’t always easy. The arts build empathy within us and allow us to connect on a deeper level.

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The exercises that Deep leads us through are super helpful. They can shift your thinking about your life and everybody in the group is so understanding. The support group is an incredibly positive space. Most people feel comfortable speaking up but there is never any pressure to share. I’d really recommend this group to anyone on a healing journey.

Imogen

It was an absolute feeling of relief to know that many others struggle with their mental health and function. They go to work, they have friends, relationships, just like I do. But these things come with added hardships provoked by mental health issues. The activities and safe space created around you leave me feeling very peaceful. The group has truly changed my life.

Marta

We offer the following services:

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Virtual and face-to-face
peer support meetings

Our groups provide an easy-to-access non-medical safe space for young people who wish to ease their mental distress or work on their self growth. Everyone is welcome, you don't need to be diagnosed with anything to attend.

While we have doctors and mental health professionals on our advisory board to guide our team, there’s no one telling you what to do or say.

Groups are facilitated by someone with lived experience of mental health challenges. Our virtual groups welcome young people globally. Our face-to-face groups welcome young people from across London and the South East.

All our support meetings
are free to attend

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Private
befriending service

Rain On Me also offers a private befriending service for young people who feel too anxious to share in a group setting right now or just need a friendly face to turn to.

We support you on your terms, in 1-2-1 sessions, always tailored to what feels right for you. It could be a walk in the park, a companion at the cinema or even someone to sit with in a café and spend some time sketching with.

You can use our time in whatever way feels comfortable to you and know you have someone who you can speak freely with who will listen to you with empathy and without judgment.

There is a small charge
for our befriending service

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Painful experiences and ill mental health can have a lifelong impact. At Rain On Me, we work together to build resilience and self-compassion.

  • 1 in 4 people experience mental health issues each year.
  • At any given time, 1 in 6 working-age adults have symptoms associated with mental ill health.
  • In an average classroom, ten children will have witnessed their parents separate, eight will have experienced severe physical violence, sexual abuse or neglect, one will have experienced the death of a parent and seven will have been bullied.

The sessions made me reflect on myself and how I live my life specially during this pandemic. Talking freely without being judged and be able to hear other people's stories and share our worries together was really helpful for my mental health. I am going to be okay. We all are going to be okay. I encourage everyone to attend the sessions.

Dorra

I have been attending these online support meetings since the start of Covid and it's really helped me keep in touch with other people and manage my anxiety better. I feel less alone and actually notice genuine growth in me. Having these meetings made lockdown so much easier to handle.

Matt

At Rain On Me you can expect:

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No expectation
of commitment

There is never any pressure to attend regularly, although those that do enjoy the greatest benefit.

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No
judgement

We all understand what it’s like to struggle with your mental health and feel misunderstood.

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No
pretence

This is a safe space to be authentic, vulnerable, true to your feelings and discover who you want to be.

Rain On Me also delivers a range of interventions to schools, colleges, universities and youth groups that we shape to your needs. We offer assembly presentations and webinars and run person-centred support sessions and workshops, which help young people build the resilience they need to take ownership of their lives. Our free trial sessions are a great introduction to how Rain On Me can support your organisation.

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It was the first time I've sat down with a small group of strangers on a Zoom Call, ready to discuss the topic of confidence. Brilliantly structured by the facilitator, the talk became a kind, honest, and vulnerable exchange of lived experience, learned advice and caring conversation.


Polly

I found Rain on Me at a low point. The structure of sessions and the collaboration, honestly I have found here have been a strong source of support. Meetings have allowed me to share as much or as little as I felt able to in a safe reflective environment, and to understand some of the experiences of others. A great way to feel less alone.

Oli

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Rediscover your inner strength

  1. START – You’ve taken a powerful step forward in visiting the Rain On Me website. The next step is simple. Attend a group for free or request a 1-2-1 befriending session for a small fee.

  2. SHARE – Be in the welcoming company of others who understand how alone mental health challenges can leave you feeling. We’ll take your lead on how much or how little you feel comfortable sharing with us. Just know that you can and that we will accept you whatever you share.

  3. LEARN – Feel empowered in the presence of people you can turn to without fear and rediscover your inner strength to manage your mental health challenges and daily life with confidence.

Discover what you're really capable of

Life's too short to let toxic thoughts hold you back from being the person you want to be. Join our community and see how peer support and companionship can empower you with the confidence you need to live your life authentically.