Marsh Awards for Mental Health Peer Support

The Marsh Awards recognise excellence in mental health peer support in England and Wales.

Nominations are now open for the 2018 awards - your group/project could win £500 cash, plus unique opportunities throughout the year to attend workshops, networking events and peer action learning, all provided by Mind and Peerfest partners. 

The awards are run by The Marsh Christian Trust, Mind and Peerfest partner organisations. Read Rabia's story about her group and what it was like to win the award in 2017.

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

How to nominate a group/project

This year we'll award £500 each to 6 peer led groups/projects from across England and Wales under the categories of:

  • Marginalised Groups
  • Doing it for Ourselves
  • Innovative Peer Support

Please complete our nomination online form here or word document here, together as a group/project, sharing with us why your peer support work deserves to be recognised. You can also vlog your nomination or speak to us if you need to nominate in a different way. Nominations will close on Tuesday 31st July 2018 and winners will be announced at our annual Peerfest celebrations, usually in the Autumn. Best of luck!


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Jane from the sm Talking Circles group reflects,"Nominating our group was definitely worthwhile. It created a space to reflect on where we had started and where we were now. I would encourage any peer group – large or small – to enjoy the process, a bit like enjoying the dance. We definitely made the most of the dance. Members re-kindled certain skills they had buried in the past, like writing copy and taking responsibility for a specific role in the application process. It was a chance for each of us to shine."

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 judging panel also includes past winners. Find out more about winners in 2016  and 2015

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.

2017 Marsh Award winners

Peer Support at Work

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Peer Mentors for Mental Health
Based in Liverpool, there are over 10 schools that have been trained in peer mentoring with over 250 trained young mentors. Acting as mental health champions within their schools, they're spreading the message that mental health affects everyone in order to combat the stigma around it, as well as being there for those who need to talk.

Doing it for Ourselves

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Kiran Women's group

The group is for women over the age of 50 from BME communities in Blackburn, many are still developing their English language skills and have often been reliant on their partners, economically and emotionally. The group activities help improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

Find out more about Kiran Women's group

Innovative Peer Support

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The Tuesday Project

This unique group supports Deaf people with mental health problems and is a partnership between Deaf Led charity SignHealth and mental health charity Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service (LSLCS), funded by the Tudor Trust.

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