MHAW2020: Poem on lived experience from Sophie Nettle
Posted on 19, May 2020
For Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 our theme is Lived Experience and we asked service users, volunteers and staff to share why that knowledge is important for them. The way that people choose to express that is up to them and through the week we’ll be sharing a interviews, videos and blogs or in this case poetry provided by Sophie Nettle who is a volunteer peer supporter at Together.
Peer support is a big part of the services we provide at Together and lived experience is key to that. We know from our services that peer support can be a huge help people to in providing mental health support. People who have experienced mental health issues themselves can offer informed insight and understanding, free from judgement and drawing on their own experiences to help others. The support they give can be an extremely effective complement to support given by mental health professionals, or a lifeline to those for whom traditional mental health support has not worked. Read more on peer support here.
Thank you to Sophie for submitting her poem on lived experience which is below: