A new support group for adults with mental health problems has started this week, coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Week.

Standing Together aims to provide a safe, recovery-focused place for adults with mental health problems to share their experiences.

The group will meet for the first time in Westward Ho! tonight (Tuesday, May 14) and will continue to meet every week.

Founding member Claire Crook said the group had been in the making for about a year after own mental health journey.

She said: "Peer support has been invaluable to me on my road to recovery and I wanted to formalise this and create a community group which not only provides a weekly support meeting but where we can all share our skills, but also provide activities and socialise.

"Social isolation and withdrawal from others and activities that were once enjoyed are two of the detrimental effects of having a mental health problem which can leave people stuck and unable to make steps towards recovery.

"We aim to cater for all interests and current planned activities include kayaking, cycling, gig rowing, walk and talk, arts and crafts, woodwork, allotments/gardening music and photography."

The group has secured funding from the National Lottery to purchase 10 kayaks and equipment.

Torridge Pilot Gig club has also supported the group by offering opportunities for people to be able to experience gig rowing.

Claire added: "We are seeking funding for bikes and equipment, art and craft and woodwork materials.

"We have also recently acquired a wooden boat which we plan to restore as an activity and then use it locally for trips on the River torridge.

"All these activities will provide people with the opportunity to interact with their peers and help to reduce the sense of isolation felt by so many."

Standing Together meets at the School Room in Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! on a Tuesday from 6-8pm.

The group also has a Facebook page and closed Facebook group called 'Standing Together' and can be contacted via email on standingtogethertnd@gmail.com.