Bury Involvement Group (BIG) in Mental Health is a unique voluntary organisation located in Bury, Greater Manchester. It is the only voluntary not-for-profit organisation in the town providing a broad range of accessible and responsive user led support services for individuals experiencing mental health problems.
BIG is run entirely by volunteers who themselves have experienced a range of mental health issues. They are passionate about making a positive difference for others. The Chair, Frances Halligan, was crowned Bury Woman of the Year 2011 for her services to voluntary work and the Deputy Chair, Geeta Sarin, received the same accolade during 2012, again for her services to voluntary work. BIG educates people about mental health in a non-judgemental and supportive way, whilst improving knowledge and understanding.
BIG takes a holistic approach to mental health. Free and confidential support sessions offer a safe and welcoming environment for service users. They focus on a range of issues from recovery to anxiety and from general drop in sessions to social activities. Service users can drop in and out of the sessions when it suits their individual needs.
Through the support groups held in the local community, BIG provides opportunities for people to make friends, share experiences and gain mutual support. It also raises awareness through outreach work with professionals and employers alike.
All our services are free. We will be delighted to see you.