What is Peer Support?
People have always supported each other in families, groups of friends and in communities. We all recognise that helping someone else, and being helped in turn, makes us feel more valued and improves our mental wellbeing. Our peer support groups use that principle by bringing people with mental health problems together with others who know what they are going through. Through drawing on their own personal experience of mental health problems and recovery, volunteer Peer Supporters are able to help others by offering empathy, understanding and encouragement.
What do Peer Supporters do?
Peer Support might simply involve talking and listening, or it may be focused around a shared activity such as art, music, walking, cooking, gardening or reading. At its core, it’s about using your own experience of mental health problems in a meaningful, positive way by supporting others.
What do our Peer Supporters say?
“I enjoy being a peer supporter because I feel valued by Mind. Volunteering improves my mental wellbeing as well as helping others. I love sharing my experiences of what’s helped me in hope that it may also help someone else.”