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.

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.

Posted on 16/05/2019

Useful contacts

Who else could help?

Action for Communities in Rural England (ACRE)
Information and signposting on a range of issues for people living in rural communities in England.

Age Cymru (Wales)

08000 223 444
Information and support for older people. 

Age UK (England)

0800 678 1602
Information and support for older people. 

Befriending Networks
Information on befriending, including an online directory of UK befriending services.

Big White Wall
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
Support on a range of issues for people in the farming community.

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

National Survivor User Network
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
Provides support and information for anyone affected by mental health problems, including local support groups.


116 123 (freephone, 24 hours a day)
[email protected]
PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA

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


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

Student Minds
Mental health charity that supports students.

Together UK
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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