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Peer support at Mind

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. 

On this page, you can:

  • learn what peer support is
  • read about Mind’s peer support projects
  • get resources on how to set up your own group
  • find out how to get involved with the work we do. 

Our peer support work

Find out about the work we're doing across Mind.

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Peer support in your community

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

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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.

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

Resources and information

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

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About peer support

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

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Side by Side online 

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

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

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Your stories

Read first-hand stories about the benefits (and challenges) of peer support, and submit your own.

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 is our way of recognising amazing peer support happening across England and Wales.

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Other opportunities

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

Other ways to get involved

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