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I like the fact that we’re all helping each other… I think if you’re signing up to do peer support… you do need to recognize that it is giving, and receiving, support.

What is Peer Support?

Peer support differs from other forms of mental health services and supports in important ways. Crucially, the people involved play an active role in creating a safe environment for each other. In this space, people can use their shared lived experiences to give and receive support from each other. 

Peers make choices about what parts of their personal experiences they talk about, seek support for, and use to support other people.

 

Types of peer support (3 Broad Approaches)

Group peer support: 
This involves three or more people coming together to support each other. There are many ways of doing this, from groups that allocate a number of official roles and run structured activities, right through to loose, informal gatherings.  

One-to-one peer support: 
This involves two people who support each other. This may be in a very informal context, for example two friends coming together to talk about a shared problem. In some cases of more formally organised one-to-one peer support, one person may have had some training, for example in mentoring skills. 

Online peer support: 
They usually allow people to access support at any time they need, especially if they are unable to join in person, it provides more flexibility to people to still be included in peer support.  

Weekly Schedule

Mondays

Stronger Together Peer Support Group Hub

11am – 12:30pm, runs every fortnight

(Limited number of sessions, 12 sessions, 12 weeks)

Location: Mind in Haringey Building,

73c Stapleton Hall Road
London, N4 3QF

Tuesdays

Healing & Feeling Peer Support Group Hub

1-2:30pm (Ongoing)

Location: Mind in Haringey Building

73c Stapleton Hall Road
London, N4 3QF

Thursdays

Unity Peer Support Group Hub

1:30-3:00pm
(Ongoing)

Location: Mind in Haringey Building

73c Stapleton Hall Road
London, N4 3QF

Fridays

PTSD Peer Support Hub (Closed Group) 

10:30-12:00pm
(Ongoing)

Location: Mind in Haringey Building

73c Stapleton Hall Road
London, N4 3QF

…It’s comforting to know that all those people are going through the same thing, just like a little group community. There’s a comfort of knowing that these people are feeling the same way you are.

How does it work? 

The Haringey Wellbeing Network offers two distinct peer support services- Peer Support Group Hubs and 1-2-1 support, both seeking to:

  • Bring together people with shared experiences to support each other 
  • Provides safe space where you feel accepted and understood 
  • Treat everyone’s experiences as being equally important 
  • It involves both giving and receiving support

 

Peer Support Group Hubs: 
There are several groups that will be running for a limited number of sessions (12 weeks, 12 sessions). Whilst others are ongoing groups. 

1-2-1 sessions:  
These sessions will also run for a limited number of sessions (8 weeks, 8 sessions).  
There are different focuses of Peer Support which includes: 

  • Social focus
  • Activity focus  
  • Focus on sharing experiences of mental health  
  • Educational focus  

I have a very good relationship with my peers and we share how we feel. We support one another and I look forward to seeing everyone on a weekly basis.

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