What is peer support?
Peer support is when people use their shared experiences to help each other through difficult times. It’s an integral part of our well-being services with peer workers and volunteer peer supporters working alongside each other at all our well-being centres, using their experience to help service users on their journey of recovery.
Peer-led services available at Andover Mind:
- self-help groups for depression and anxiety, bipolar disorder, coping with emotions
- activities for service users with partner organisations such as Southern health NHS Foundation Trust
- social groups such as craft, art, allotment
- 1-1 support for individuals accessing services or community groups for the first time
- 1-1 support for resilience and coping strategies
- crisis support
- community meetings where service users can give feedback on our well-being centres.
The benefits of peer support are:
- feeling less isolated by sharing experiences with others
- learning new skills and coping strategies to help you manage your condition
- building a network of friends who are going through something similar to you
- gaining confidence and self-esteem
- starting on the road to employment, or carving a new career
- being able to make a difference for yourself and others
- being able to influence the development of mental health services.
Contact your local well-being centre to find out more about the services near you. Find out more about peer support in general on Mind’s guide to peer support services. If you are interested in becoming a peer supporter, you can find out more here.