What is peer support?
Peer support means people supporting each other on an equal and mutual basis, using their shared personal experiences. Peer support in mental health is built on shared personal experience and empathy, focuses on our strengths, and helps us develop skills and strategies to maintain our wellbeing.
Peer support offers many benefits, including:
- reduced isolation
- shared identity and acceptance
- increased confidence
- developing and sharing skills
- improved mental health
- emotional resilience
- challenging stigma and discrimination.
Who we are
Leeds Mind Peer Support is a community of people who have experienced difficulties with our mental health. We believe that through sharing our experiences, we can support each other to identify our strengths, gain insight into our mental health difficulties, develop effective coping strategies, and maintain wellbeing. Our fully trained staff and volunteers facilitate groups that provide a safe and supportive environment in which to do this.
Meet the team
Adam, Ben, Caroline, Emma, Jude, Kathy, Kelly, Kerry, Laura, Lauren, Luke, Sham, Sue, Tayba, Yoshiko and Yosola.
We also have loads of fantastic volunteers whose experiences and skills are absolutely essential to the success of the team. Sadly we can’t fit them all on this page but keep an eye out on the blog for volunteer profiles and stories!