SUN (Service User Network)

SUN is an easy to access community-based peer support service for adults experiencing difficulties with complex emotions often associated with personality disorder.

These emotions can affect how a person feels, copes with life and manages relationships. Based on an established model of care, SUN offers access to regular peer support groups where people can talk about their experiences and offer one another help and advice. Groups are facilitated by a clinician, and a peer support worker with lived experience of mental health issues.

Who is SUN designed to help?

SUN is available to anyone aged 18 and over who is registered with a GP in Surrey or NE Hampshire.

It is for people who:
• have been diagnosed with personality disorder and who are looking for increased support in the community to help them manage their condition
• would describe themselves as having complex emotional needs but have not received a diagnosis of personality disorder

What happens at SUN groups?

SUN groups follow a set format to encourage people to: say how they are feeling and what they want to get out of the group; discuss topics or themes that are raised; offer support and share experiences; and talk about how they are feeling at the end of the group. Group facilitators participate in discussions where helpful and where needed.

Where are SUN groups held?

Several groups are held weekly. Due to Coronavirus restrictions, all groups are currently held virtually. From January 2022, we will be offering both face to face and virtual groups, providing people with a choice of how to access support.

Our SUN timetable is as follows:

Virtual Groups:

  • Mondays – 10am – 12:30pm
  • Tuesdays – 2pm – 4:30pm
  • Thursdays – 2pm – 4:30pm 
  • Fridays10am – 12:30pm

Face to Face groups:

  • Mondays – Merstham Community Hub – 2pm – 4:30pm
  •  Wednesday – Guildford Institute 2pm – 4.30pm

**From Thursday 28th April 2022, we will be dropping our online group and will be replacing this with an in person group in Woking so there will be 3 online and 3 F2F groups every week from week commencing 25th April 2022.

How to attend SUN groups

To attend SUN groups, you will need to become a SUN member. You can do this easily by contacting [email protected] or calling: 01372 216700 and requesting a membership form.

Once returned to SUN, a person can book onto their first group. To complete the membership process, you will also need to fill in a Resource and Support Plan at your first groups. This helps SUN to understand the needs of each member and how to support them.

Who is providing SUN?

SUN is provided by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with third sector provider, Community Connections Surrey which inlcudes Catalyst.

Want to know more?

Virtual presentations are held on the first Thursday of every month from 11:30am – 12:30pm. We welcome people who are interested in the service and professionals who want to find out more. To register interest, please email: [email protected]

(you will re-directed to the SABP website)