Peer support

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

Your stories

Peer support that empowers women

Rabia’s feelings of loneliness inspired her and a friend to start their own award-winning women’s group.

Rabia
Posted on 22/01/2018

How sharing my experience with others has helped my anxiety

Zara talks about her experience of peer support and connecting with people who had similar experiences.

Zara
Posted on 16/05/2019

Useful contacts

Who else could help?

Action for Communities in Rural England (ACRE)

acre.org.uk
Information and signposting on a range of issues for people living in rural communities in England.

Age Cymru (Wales)

08000 223 444
ageuk.org.uk/cymru
Information and support for older people. 

Age UK (England)

0800 678 1602
ageuk.org.uk
Information and support for older people. 

Befriending Networks

befriending.co.uk
Information on befriending, including an online directory of UK befriending services.

Big White Wall

bigwhitewall.com
Online mental health and wellbeing community. You need a paid subscription or NHS referral to join, although it is free for people living in some areas.

Farming Community Network

03000 111 999
fcn.org.uk
Support on a range of issues for people in the farming community.

Hafal

hafal.org
Information and support for people affected by mental health problems in Wales.

National Survivor User Network

nsun.org.uk
Independent, service-user-led charity for people with experience of mental health issues. Provides information, networking opportunities and peer-to-peer support.

Rethink Mental Illness

rethink.org
Provides support and information for anyone affected by mental health problems, including local support groups.

Samaritans

116 123 (freephone, 24 hours a day)
[email protected]
Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK
PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
samaritans.org

24-hour emotional support for anyone who needs to talk.

Stonewall

08000 50 20 20
stonewall.org.uk
Information and advice for LGBT people on a range of issues.

Student Minds

studentminds.org.uk
Mental health charity that supports students.

Together UK

together-uk.org
Supports people with mental health problems, including through peer support.


This information was published in July 2019. We will revise it in 2022.


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