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 Rabia's story about her peer support 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

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.

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.

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.

Nominations for 2018 are currently not open.

Past winners

2016 Winner - Evolve is a peer support group for young people aged 13-19 in Surrey. Find out more 

2015 Winner - EKTA is a community support group for South Asian community members living in Harrow. Find out more

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