Peer support directory

Describes peer support services and lists places to access them by area.

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Posted on 22/01/2016

About peer support

Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other. Forms of peer support include:

  • community groups    
  • mentoring    
  • befriending    
  • self-help groups    
  • online communities    
  • support groups    

Support is based on sharing experiences and agreeing a reason for meeting. How you choose to meet up or connect with people is very flexible and depends on your personal preferences. Peer support can improve your emotional health, wellbeing and sense of belonging.

A vital part of peer support is mutual respect; peer support aims to help both those giving and receiving support. Everyone's experiences are treated as equally important, so you might find this gives you a different experience to more traditional support options.

About this directory

Mind’s Peer Support Directory was created in 2013 using data gathered from a Mind study to scope mental health peer support across England: Piecing together the jigsaw.

The directory currently lists over 300 groups who identify as ‘offering peer support in the community’ across England and Wales. Since 2013, peer support groups and organisations offering peer support can apply to be added to the Mind Peer Support Directory by contacting [email protected]

Mind cannot guarantee the quality of the peer support offered by the groups listed on the directory and always suggests that you contact each local group directly to find out more. It is also possible that a group is no longer running or the groups contact details are not working. Please let us know by emailing [email protected].

For 2019-20 Mind hopes to encourage more peer support groups to join the directory as a resource for users, family, friends, professionals and anyone else to find peer support in their local area.

Mind is working together with an independent peer-led Focus Group to develop the usability of the directory and increase awareness of the directory. We want to invite new peer support groups, including in Wales, to join the directory, particularly from community led peer support and marginalised communities.

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