What is Peer Support?
Peer Support means people supporting each other, on an equal basis, using their shared personal experiences. It can occur in a variety of ways, but is always mutual, meaning people benefit from both giving and receiving support. It has a long and honourable history in mental health – people with mental health difficulties have always provided invaluable support to each other, both informally and through self-help and activist groups. Key elements of Peer Support in mental health include that it is built on shared personal experience and empathy, it focuses on an individual’s strengths not weaknesses, and works towards the individual’s wellbeing and recovery.
Peer support offers a range of benefits including reduced isolation, shared identity and acceptance, increased confidence, developing and sharing skills, improved mental health, emotional resilience and wellbeing and challenging stigma and discrimination.
Peer support also plays a key role in building capacity within local communities and as a basis for campaigning and activism.
You alone can do it, but you don't have to do it alone
Who We Are
Leeds Mind Peer Support is a community of people who have experienced difficulties with their mental health, who believe that the resources, ideas and solutions needed for mental health wellbeing come from within each of us. Peer support provides a safe, supportive environment where these can be developed through exploration and sharing of experiences in a range of group settings.
What We Offer
Peer support offers a range of group work activities such as courses, one day workshops and social activities which enable individuals develop insight into their mental health difficulties, to develop effective coping strategies, promote recovery and maintain wellbeing.
What is Peer Support Group Work?
“We believe that individuals are experts in their own emotional distress and encourage people to draw on their own strengths and experiences, so as to improve and maintain their own wellbeing.”
All our peer support courses are used, delivered, developed and led by people with shared experiences on an equal and mutual basis in order to better manage their wellbeing. Our groups are safe and supportive environments, where anyone with experience of difficulties with their mental health can explore their understanding of their mental health and develop effective coping strategies to promote recovery and maintain mental wellbeing. Our groups are facilitated by people who have themselves experienced difficulties with their mental health and/or have used peer support group work themselves.