A LIFE coach and therapist who found herself struggling is setting up two new groups for women to give them somewhere to talk and off-load their problems.

Mum-of-two Kristen Goodchild, from Consett, decided to start the groups after she found herself struggling after becoming a full-time carer for her daughter while she battled anorexia.

She was inspired to set up the groups after discovering that while there were several support groups aimed at men, there were not any just for women.

She said: “What I found was there were a lot of men's groups but I realised that actually there wasn't anything in the evening for women, apart from fitness groups.

"I spoke to people about it and the more I spoke to people the more there seemed to be demand for it.

"I'm really into wellbeing so it seemed like the sort of thing I could do."

Mrs Goodchild, who now runs community interest company Pure Joy Wellbeing, had to give up full time work last year to look after her daughter Natalia, 16.

She said: "That's when I got to know more and more about mental health but there wasn't anywhere for me to go to sound-off in the evening."

She added: "There are men's groups but I think it's an issue for women as well.

"In some ways its very difficult when you're trying to hold down a job and still be there for your family. It's becoming more and more apparent.

"To get any kind of intervention is really hard. If I can stop people going into a dark place it's got to be beneficial. I've been there myself and it's important to know you're not alone and somewhere is there."

The groups will be taking place in Alington House, Durham, from Monday, January 6, between 6.30pm-8.30pm and at Citizen's House, Consett from Wednesday, January 8 between 6pm-8pm.

Both groups will meet weekly and are open to women over the age of 18.

They aim to be a non-judgemental environment where women can talk and listen to each other in a supportive environment.