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Communities and Peer Support at Mind

On this page:

  • Learn what peer support and community-based work is
  • Read about Mind’s community and peer support projects
  • Get resources on how to set up your own group
  • Find out how to get involved with the work we do

What is peer support?

Peer support is a powerful way of bringing people together to use their experiences to help each other. It can offer a space to:

  • Feel understood and accepted as you are
  • Have your voice heard and listen to others
  • Give and receive support

Community-led groups are reflective of the community they support. Although groups we work with often identify with our definition of peer support, ‘peer support’ itself is not a universally agreed term. 

Therefore, we often use the term ‘community-led work'.

Our work in peer support

Find out about the work we're doing with peer support groups and community-led groups.

Peer support in your community

Our projects have helped deliver, promote, and build an evidence base for peer support.

Perinatal peer support

We worked with mothers with experience of perinatal mental health problems to develop a set of peer support principles for mothers and babies.


Jigsaw I and Jigsaw II are peer-led research projects exploring the needs of peer support and community-based groups.

Women Side by Side Toolkit

The Women Side by Side toolkit was co-produced with Mind and experts by experience and explores women's peer support.

Resources and information

Learn more about peer support and how you can set up a group. 

About peer support

Information about what peer support is, what types there are, how it can help you and how to access it.

Side by Side

Side by Side is our supportive online community where you can connect with people who understand what you’re going through.


Resources on how to set up, maintain and sustain a peer group, with specific information for women’s and perinatal peer support groups.

Case studies and blogs

Read first-hand stories about the benefits (and challenges) of peer support, as well as reflections from peer researchers. 

Get involved

There are lots of ways you can get involved in our work. 


PeerFest is our annual festival celebrating the importance, power and diversity of peer support.

Marsh Awards

The Marsh Awards recognises amazing peer support in England and Wales.

Other opportunities

Find out about more opportunities to get involved with peer support at Mind.

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