“ Becoming a peer mentor gave me confidence because I was able to help someone else experiencing mental health difficulties and for the first time my experiences became something positive”
What is peer support?
Peer support happens when people who have similar experiences of mental health difficulties, trauma, or other forms of social or emotional distress come together to support each other. Peer support differs from other forms of mental health services and support in important ways. Crucially, the people involved play an active role in creating a safe environment for each other. In this space, people can use their shared experiences to give and receive support from each other.
People can feel less alone if they talk about their experiences and share coping strategies that work for them. By doing this, peers can help each other learn about how best to manage feelings and experiences that are difficult.
Peer support within CW Mind
Peer supporters get involved in various ways within CW Mind:
- As Meet and Greeters within our Hubs
- As Peer Mentors supporting people who are new to our services
- As Peer support group facilitators
- As activity group leads
- Hearing voices group
- Women’s and men’s groups
- Music and cooking groups
- Walk and talk groups
How to contact us
T: 024 7655 2847