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Peer Support

Online Peer Support now available! Please see the ‘Upcoming Groups 2020’ section below for up to date information about our online workshops, courses and support groups.

Feedback on our online groups so far includes:

    • “Although we are apart we can still support each other and are together online”
    • “It’s easy to get stuck inside your own head in isolation so good to get input from others and get ideas and reminders about how to look after our wellbeing.”
    • “It is possible to connect and get support online and I can meet new people online and face anxiety and it’s ok. It’s not as bad as I think it will be.”
    • “I have learned how to look after myself when shielding from Covid-19. I have enjoyed being around others and learned from their experience.”
    • “An awkward new format was made less awkward by great facilitating.”

Our face-to-face programme is currently on hold. Please see this page for updates.

Are you struggling with life or your mental health?

Feeling like nobody understands?

Want to learn ways to manage the stresses in your life?

Our peer led courses, workshops and support groups might help.

We understand because we’ve been there.

Our programme includes:

  • Skills courses and workshops

  • Support groups

Please note:

  • You may be required to attend an Introduction to Group Work session before attending  some groups – please see the programme for details and dates.
  • Groups have a maximum capacity and often get fully booked. Contact us to find out which groups have spaces.

Upcoming Groups 2020

Below is a list of our upcoming online introduction sessions, courses and workshops. To book onto any of the sessions below please call us on 0113 305 5800 or email us: peersupport@leedsmind.org.uk . Places are limited so booking is essential.

All new and existing group members will need to have attended an online introduction to group work session before booking onto further workshops, courses and support groups.

Before attending a session, please take a few minutes to read and download the following documents:

  1. Guidelines for behaviour in online peer support groups
  2. Peer Support attendance policy
  3. Guide to using Zoom for online Peer Support

Introduction to online group work

Experience being part of an online peer support group and find out what you can expect from our courses, workshops and support groups.

  • Thursday 18th June 2:00-3:00pm
  • Friday 26th June 10:30-11:30am
  • Monday 29th June 10:30-11:30am
  • Wednesday 8th July 6:00-7:00pm
  • Friday 17th July 2:00-3:00pm
  • Tuesday 21st July 2:00-3:00pm
  • Thursday 30th July 2:00-3:00pm
  • Monday 3rd August 2:00-3:00pm
  • Wednesday 12th August 6:00-7:00pm

Online Workshops

Coping with Change

Explore how change impacts on our mental health and learn techniques to manage the challenging aspects of change, including the current changes cause by coronavirus.

  • Wednesday 15th July 5:30-7:30pm
  • Wednesday 29th July 2:00-4:00pm

Coping with Crisis

Explore different types of crisis and how crisis affects you. Learn coping strategies to help you manage and avoid crisis, including the current pandemic.

This workshop is funded by the National Lottery Community fund as part of the Horizons project, a partnership between Better Leeds Communities and Leeds Mind.

  • Thursday 9th July 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Thursday 30th July 10:30am-12:30pm

Coping with Isolation

A new workshop designed to provide additional support during the coronavirus pandemic: Explore the effects of isolation on your mental health and learn creative coping strategies to help reduce the impact.

  • Tuesday 7th July 2:00-4:00pm
  • Wednesday 29th July 5:30-7:30pm

Coping with Panic

Learn what panic is, explore how panic affects you, and take away practical tools and techniques to help you to avoid and manage panic.

This workshop is funded by the National Lottery Community fund as part of the Horizons project, a partnership between Better Leeds Communities and Leeds Mind.

  • Thursday 18th June 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Thursday 16th July 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Thursday 6th August 10:30am-12:30pm

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Learn five actions we can take in our everyday lives to help us feel good and function well, including whilst self-isolating.

  • Tuesday 16th June 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Friday 17th July 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday 5th August 5:30-7:30pm

Looking After Myself

Looking after ourselves can be more challenging than ever whilst we are having to socially isolate. This practical workshop provides a wide range of techniques and self-care ideas that can be used during this period.

This workshop is funded by the National Lottery Community fund as part of the Horizons project, a partnership between Better Leeds Communities and Leeds Mind.

  • Thursday 25th June 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Thursday 23rd July 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Thursday 13th August 10:30am-12:30pm

Managing My Mood

Explore the effects of different moods on our lives, what can impact on our moods, and how we can develop positive strategies to manage our moods.

  • Wednesday 1st July 2:00-4:00pm
  • Wednesday 22nd July 5:30-7:30pm

Online Courses

Managing Anxiety

Explore what anxiety is, how to recognise it, and ways to manage and reduce it, including whilst self-isolating. 4 sessions.

  • Fridays, 19th June to 10th July, 2:00-3:30pm
  • Mondays, 6th to 27th July, 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Fridays, 24th July to 14th August, 2:00-3:30pm

Online support groups

Develop a deeper understanding of your mental health with weekly support for 6 months in a safe, supportive environment with others who have been through similar experiences.  Celebrate successes, receive support when things aren’t going so well, share experiences and learn from other people’s coping strategies.

You must attend an online Introduction to Group Work prior to the start date of your chosen support group.

Our current support groups are fully booked. Please contact us if you would like to be put on the waiting list for the next available support group.

News

Following on from the success of the Side by Side project that finished last year, we have been awarded a pot of money from National Mind to support individuals, groups and organisations develop peer support in the community. The funding is in the form of small grants that individuals, groups and organisations are able to apply for, the grants are aimed to support with the development of peer support. An application form needs to be completed and returned to the email address as outlined here. Please note there are limited grants available so if you are interested, or anyone else you share this with is interested then please apply sooner rather than later!

Application Form 

Projects and Partnerships

We are delighted to have the opportunity to work on lots of exciting and innovative projects, many of them in partnership with great organisations in Leeds and beyond.

Horizons

Supporting people to get through times of crisis and learn skills and strategies to prevent future crises. Funded by The Big Lottery and delivered in partnership with Better Leeds Communities and Age UK Leeds.

Please see the Peer Support Programme (yellow button above) for a list of Horizons groups.

THRU

The THRU project (Talk, Help, Relate, Understand) offers Peer Support for young people aged between 16 and 25. We currently have two weekly support groups and are working with CAMHS and Leeds City College to provide courses for young people they are working with.

Please see the Peer Support Programme (yellow button above) for a list of THRU groups.

Recovery Centre Peer Support

Delivering Peer Support within NHS Rehabilitation & Recovery services. Delivered in partnerhsip with Community Links and Touchstone.

For more information please visit the Leeds and York NHS Foundation Trust website or contact the Peer Support team.

Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service

Peer led 1:1 and group work for individuals and families who have been bereaved by suicide at any time.

Please visit the website for more information.

CMHT Peer Support Service

Delivering support for people who currently access one of the Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) in Leeds.

For more information please click here.

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