Peer support

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

Your stories

Joining a support group

Jim blogs about joining his local support group.

Posted on 28/09/2016

Finding a place to fit in

Sue blogs about finding a place to fit in at her local peer support group.

Posted on 28/09/2016

Running a peer support group

Mind has been working with many partners as part of our work on peer support. Here we feature a range of resources to help you with peer support projects – from starting up and developing a group, to evaluating and sustaining it.
Our resources cover various topics including:

  • Leadership and governance
  • Organisational structure and ethos
  • Funding
  • Evaluation and quality 
  • Facilitator training
  • The principles and values of good peer support

Developing peer support: a toolkit

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Developed through our Side by Side programme, our toolkit can help you create, run or even commission your own peer support group.

Explore the toolkit and the research now.

Piecing Together the Jigsaw

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This report documents the findings of a survivor led study into peer support projects across England.

Published in 2013, it captures the landscape of peer support projects during this time.

Read the full version and the executive summary now.

Notes from Peerfest

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Every year at Peerfest, our annual celebration of peer support, we endeavour to share learnings and document our discussions on helpful topics.

Here we share a selection from previous years:

The Speak Out resources

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Time to Change's 'Speak Out' resources are aimed at those looking to set up new support groups:

Leaflet from Suffolk Mind

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In 2016 Suffolk Mind made a simple, at-a-glance leaflet with tips on how to start your own peer support group today:

Simple steps to start your own peer support group.

Making the case to commissioners

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In 2016, Mind produced a briefing for peer support groups offering tips and advice on how to influence commissioners for future funding.

Read Peer support: making the case to commissioners.

Peer support films

These three videos are full of great advice from peer support facilitators and leaders.

Watch the films to get insight into the following subjects:


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We occasionally send e-news, including the latest opportunities, events, good practice guidance and updates about our peer support work.

  • Email [email protected] to subscribe with 'peer support e-news' in the title 
  • Would you like to feature in our e-news? It could be your story about peer support, an event you’ve created, a blog post to share or a question for other peer support groups. Speak to us at [email protected]

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