Peer Support & Self Management Groups
Peer support takes place when people with experience of mental distress support each other towards better wellbeing, as people of equal value.
The Southwark Wellbeing Hub operates under Together’s unique model of Peer Support. You can find out more about this in our Model of Peer Support.
1-1 Peer Support
Your Peer Supporter will provide emotional support, help you identify coping strategies and support you to set goals for your wellbeing. They will draw on their experience of mental distress and/or using mental health services as a tool for support.
Our volunteer Peer Supporters come from a variety of different backgrounds and lived experiences of mental health, so you are able to choose what you would like in your Peer Supporter – we will do our best to accommodate those preferences.
Peer Support happens in the community. Together, we will agree where you and your Peer Supporter would like to meet, such as in a local gallery, library or café.
Peer Supporters are recruited and supported by our Peer Support Coordinators, who also have lived experience of mental distress. Peer support usually lasts up to six months, but can continue beyond this point if needed.
People who have received one-to-one and group Peer Support in the past say that they:
- Have had an increase in confidence
- Feel less socially isolated
- Feel more in control to make decisions
- Feel more accepted for their mental health
- Have an improved social support network
- Feel more able to self-manage
- Are more hopeful for the future
Volunteering as a Peer Supporter
If you have lived experience of mental distress and feel you would like to use it to support someone else towards better mental wellbeing, we recruit new Peer Supporters around twice a year. Peer Supporters have the option to support service users on a one-to-one basis, in a group setting, or both.
If you are keen to volunteer with us as a Peer Supporter, you can find out more here.