Marsh Awards for Mental Health Peer Support

The Marsh Awards for Mental Health Peer Support in England and Wales recognise excellence in mental health peer support.

Peer support happens when people work together, or support each other, from their lived experience. It can take place informally and formally, in all sorts of settings such as in the workplace, in user led organisations, projects and support groups. Find out more about peer support.

The Marsh Christian Trust, Mind and Peerfest partner organisations run the awards, which are presented at the annual Peerfest celebrations. Read Nikki's story about her peer support group and what it was like to win the award in 2016.

It was such an honour to be recognised for the work we've all put in...there is nothing like it in our community

The award categories

We award 3 peer led projects/groups from across England and Wales under the categories of:

  • Peer Support at Work
  • Doing it for Ourselves
  • Innovative Peer Support

Winners receive a £1000 cash award. Top projects will also be offered opportunities such as networking, peer action learning and other workshops over the year, provided by Mind and Peerfest partners. Nominations for the 2017 awards are now closed, but you can join us on October 9 for the awards and meet the winners by booking tickets for Peerfest.

Entry criteria

  • Nominations will be accepted from peer support groups (not individuals)
  • Nominations need to come collectively from groups themselves
  • The group needs to operate in England or Wales and be peer led
  • The group’s main focus needs to centre around mental health / supporting emotional wellbeing

Judging process

The judging panel includes people with peer support expertise, lived experience, and representatives from Peerfest partner organisations.

The group will assess projects within a framework of peer support principles.

It will also be looking at the way projects engage diverse communities, impact on people’s lives and instil good practice.

Nomination deadline

Nominations are now closed for 2017.  

The awards will be presented in late summer/autumn 2017 at this year's Peerfest

Previous years

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2015 was the first year we ran the Mental Health Peer Support Award with the Marsh Christian Trust. 

2016 Awards

Evolve Chosen Photo

Evolve is a peer support group for young people aged 13-19 in Surrey, who struggle with their mental health.

Read about the winner

2015 Awards

1. Marsh Award 2015 all

EKTA - London

Community support group for South Asian community members living in Harrow who are experiencing mental distress. EKTA was formed in 2008 with 20 members; it now has 100 members.

Read about the winner

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