What is Elefriends?
Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.
- Open to anyone (18 years+) who struggles with their mental health
- Available on web and mobile app (iOS and android)
- Elefriends can share posts and images on the main wall, give support using interactive buttons like ‘I hear you’/ ‘thinking of you’ and private message each other.
Elefriends get support & encouragement from people that understand; a safe space where they can be themselves.
Over 80% of members strongly agree or agree that being an Elefriends has had a positive impact on how they manage their mental health:
“Its a place I feel safe to reach out to others for emotional support. A place I feel listened too and that my thoughts are understood and valued not ignored or dismissed or judged.”
When might Elefriends be helpful to refer to?
For service users who are waiting for services or need support out of office hours. Elefriends is online and available 24/7, every day of the year.
Refer to Elefriends who are waiting for therapy, finishing a course of one to one support or for those who are very isolated or anxious about face to face support.
Is it safe
It’s moderated from 10am-12am (by Mind staff and external moderators) so is a safe online space with a zero tolerance to bullying and discrimination
There are communally agreed ‘house-rules’ for responding to tough topics like suicidal thoughts & clear escalation processes for members experiencing crisis.
Who runs elefriends
Elefriends is managed by Mind, the mental health charity.
Where can I go if I have any Questions?
Can staff use it?
Yes, local Mind staff are welcome to join as well.
Join over 42,000 other elefriends. Sign up in around 1 minute at www.elefriends.org.uk.