We were thrilled to work alongside Bristol Independent Mental Health Network, who created and hosted PeerFest 2017.
The one-day event in October was a mix of creative workshops, open spaces, friendly stalls and rousing speeches, with support from partners Bristol Survivors Network, Changes Bristol, Freedom of Mind C.I.C and WellBeans Initiative C.I.C.
"Everybody gets it here…peer support CAN be the game changer!"
Highlights of the day included The Marsh Awards, where we heard about peer support that empowers women from the incredible Rabia at the Kiran group, alongside innovative winners The Tuesday Project and the inspiring young Peer Mentors for Mental Health.
Our spirited discussion around the future of peer support addressed the challenges we face, before we wound down with autumn star gazing, a wellbeing walk and even a magic show.
Watch this video on PeerFest 2017
Rabia from Kiran women's group shares her feelings of loneliness and isolation that inspired her and a friend to start their own Marsh Award-winning women's group. She talks about her journey and the strength she found in creating a peer group.