What is Peer Support for Mental Health and how it might help you and your mental wellbeing?
We understand that everyone's individual recovery journey is both unique and different which is why we are holding a short welcome session on Peer Support for Mental Health. The aim of this session is to give you a better understanding of how peer support group works within Grow Mental Health and which peer support group is the right approach for you.
Most importantly, it is an opportunity for you to ask questions so you can make an informed decision for yourself.
Peer Support Groups are where a community of people who have experienced mental health challenges come together and share their stories in a safe & confidential setting. Everyone attending these groups openly give and receive help which in turn assists their own road to recovery. We say in Grow Mental Health that ‘mental health cannot be taught, it has to be learnt together’.
The benefits of attending Peer Support Groups is that the person leading the meeting has experienced their own mental health challenges – you can connect and identify with them more easily. By hearing their recovery story and understanding the steps they took on their journey – gives hope and empowerment. You too can do the same. There has been research carried out to demonstrate the benefits of peer led recovery models – see results below.
The weekly peer support group is structured around a proven task based program and method where each week you will take on a task to help tackle and cope with your own mental health challenges. By completing these tasks weekly you will soon start to see little differences in your life.
Peer Support Group Format:
The format for a peer support group which lasts ~ 1.5 hours includes;
- someone in the group telling their personal story,
- members reporting on their progress during the previous week,
- sharing the wisdom of the program and
- assigning tasks for each member for the following week. For example, a newcomer’s task might be to come back next week.
The best way to find a local peer support group near to you is to visit our website:
You select your preferred “county” and then a list of the upcoming support group meetings in that county will appear on your screen.
You will see the date, time, location, name and phone number of the contact area coordinator so you can make contact ahead of the meeting.
Whether you are experiencing mental health challenges, or you just simply feel you cannot cope with what life throws at you or you know someone you’d like to help – our local groups are here for you. So please reach out to us.
All that is required to participate in our Peer Support Groups is a commitment to attend weekly, an ability to hear other people’s stories and openness to work in a small safe and confidential group setting and learn new ways of responding to life’s challenges.
All peer support groups are free of charge and open to anyone over 18 years of age. No referrals needed.
Just sign up to this Welcome Session so you can ask any questions before deciding to go on and register with one of our peer support groups.