Meet with a peer worker, talk through emotional challenges and share coping suggestions with someone who understands what it is like to experience mental health problems. Talking helps, but not everyone is comfortable talking in a group and even if you are, sometimes it’s nice to be able to sit and talk to someone on a one-to-one basis. Talking to a peer means you are with someone who is equal to you; they are not trained as a professional therapist or a counsellor. They are someone who can put themselves in your shoes.
Give and receive mutual support in a peer support group to manage daily stresses. Structured self-help peer support groups aim to bring people together who can share their experience of mental health. It’s your chance to talk about your mental health, an opportunity to learn about how others in similar situations manage their symptoms and connect with people who know what it’s like to feel the way you do.
Living Well Workshops provide a safe and supportive space to develop skills and knowledge to manage the stresses and difficulties in your life. Each session is different, covering a variety of subjects. Learn alongside peers who may also be experiencing similar difficulties. Living Well Workshop are facilitated by Community Living Well staff and guest speakers.
Social peer support provides friendly meet ups where you can connect with others in a safe, supportive environment to join in an activity, or just spend time with people who have a similar interest and shared experience. Activities include walking, culture, arts , singing, coffee meet-ups, museum trips, social gatherings and much more.
Side by Side is Mind’s online peer support community. It’s a powerful thing to connect with someone else over shared experiences. Side by Side is where you can listen, share and be heard.
The Peer Support training course is available to people with lived experience of mental health problems who are living well, and who wish to increase their knowledge about Peer Support, gain new skills or consolidate their working practice. The course covers a wide range of topics, including:
- The underlying principles and essential skills needed to deliver this new model of support
- Skills training in: facilitation, active listening, boundaries, confidentiality, and recovery language
- Information about disclosure and how to use your experience to help others