Frequently Asked Questions
Would the group be suitable for me?
Those who run and those who attend the meetings all have first hand experience of a wide range of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, low mood, bipolar, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder amongst others. You don’t have to have been formally diagnosed with a mental health condition to attend though. If you are experiencing mental health difficulties and related symptoms such as isolation, social anxiety and negative thoughts it’s likely you will find people who have similar stories to your own to share.
Who runs the meetings?
Time Out Scotland is a registered charity and is run by a voluntary committee, most of whom are attendees of the group themselves. We are a peer support group which means there are no formally trained mental health practitioners in attendance. Our group is not intended as a replacement for, or alternative to, professional assistance. It simply offers people the chance to chat freely about their problems in a confidential, non judgemental environment.
What sort of people come to the meetings?
Anyone who has or is experiencing difficulties with their mental health and is struggling to cope. Some people may not have anyone they can talk to in their life or they may be hesitant about burdening friends and family. There is a varied age range from young students to senior citizens and a fairly even male/female ratio.
What is the minimum age for attending a meeting?
When and where are the meetings held?
The meetings take place on a Wednesday evening from 7:30pm - 9:00pm in the café on the ground floor of the Albany Centre. The café is closed off for our own personal use so is completely private. See below for info on getting there. The meetings are on every Wednesday of the year excepting a couple of dates in the Christmas and New Year weeks. Our website will clearly state these dates.
Do I need to book?
No. You don't need to pre-book or let anyone know you are coming - just arrive a little before 7.30pm for a prompt start.
How much does it cost?
We ask for a donation of £1.50 (unemployed) or £2 (employed) to help towards the cost of the room hire.
What should I do when I arrive?
When you enter the GCVS building turn right and follow the hallway until you reach the café. A committee member will be there to greet you. We ask you to sign in for emergency evacuation reasons only and there is a piggy bank to place your donation in. Help yourself to tea or coffee if you wish and take a seat, a committee member will start the meeting off at 7.30pm.
What happens at a meeting?
After welcoming everyone to the meeting we normally break into smaller groups of about 5-6 people. The smaller groups will be led by a volunteer facilitator who will make sure everyone has a chance to speak if they wish and that all participants are being sensitive and respectful to each other.
How many people will be at the meeting?
The numbers of attendees varies from week-to-week. At the moment there is typically around 15 people at a meeting.
Do I have to come every week or for a set amount of weeks?
No. You can come along as often or as little as you need.
Can I bring someone with me for support?
Yes. Please let the facilitator of your group know if your supporter wishes to speak during the meeting or not so that they can time the meeting appropriately.
Do I have to speak or can I just sit and listen?
There is absolutely no pressure to talk but we hope that once you have listened to others share their stories you will be encouraged to share your own. It is very relaxed and informal.
Can I leave at any time during the meeting if I am uncomfortable?
If you are uncomfortable and don’t feel you can stay any longer then of course you can leave. In general though we ask for people to stay until the end in order to be respectful and cause minimal disruption.
GETTING TO US
Our meetings are held in the café on the ground floor of the GCVS Albany Meeting and Conference Centre, 44 Ashley Street, Glasgow, G3 6DS.
We are about a 7 minute walk from the top of Sauchiehall Street/Charing Cross.
Charing Cross Train Station: 10 minute walk.
St George Cross Underground: 5 minute walk.
Bus stops are located on the surrounding nearby main roads –Sauchiehall Street, Woodlands Road, St George’s Road and Great Western Road.
There is parking on the street around the building and parking charges apply until 9pm so please make sure you take note of parking meters. There is a small private car park for the building which can be used if there is free space.