Peer Support

Struggling with life or your mental health?

Feel like nobody understands?

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

 

Our peer-led skills and support groups might help. We understand because we’ve been there.

We are pleased to offer groups both in person and online. Please see below for our current programme.

To book, please complete this short form. Please note your place is not guaranteed until you receive confirmation from us.

For further information, please call us on 0113 305 5800 or email us on peersupport@leedsmind.org.uk.

Places are limited so booking is essential.

1 to 1 peer support

Nervous or unsure about groups? We can offer up to 4 sessions (30-45 minutes long) of 1 to 1 peer support by telephone or Zoom to help you work towards accessing our group sessions. This can help if you feel unsure about attending groups and would like to build your confidence. We can also offer practical support with using Zoom if this is helpful.

If you would like 1 to 1 peer support before coming to groups, please click here to complete a short referral form.

Feedback on our groups 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.”

Introduction to Peer Support

Our Introduction to Peer Support is an opportunity to learn what peer support is, find out how it can help you, and get a taste of the types of activities you can expect in our groups.

All new group members need to attend an Introduction to Peer Support. This is available in the following ways:

  • Interested in a course? Each one has an Introduction to Peer Support at the start (dates under ‘Courses’ below).
  • Interested in a workshop and new to our groups? Please book onto a separate Introduction to Peer Support (dates below).
  • Interested in support groups? We will be in touch to arrange a 1:1 introduction with a facilitator prior to the group.
  • Not sure which group is for you? Please contact us or book onto an Introduction to Peer Support to get a taste of what we offer.

To book, please complete this short form. Please note your place is not guaranteed until you receive a booking confirmation from us. You can also book by calling us on 0113 305 5800 or emailing peersupport@leedsmind.org.uk.

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

  1. Guidelines for peer support groups (online guidelines on page 1, general guidelines page 2-3)
  2. Peer Support attendance policy
  3. Guide to using Zoom for online Peer Support

Introduction to Peer Support dates:

Our new programme for April to June 2022 will be published on this page soon! If you would like to try peer support and find out more about how our groups work beforehand, please book onto one of these introductory sessions.

  • Thursday 17th March, 14:00-16:00, online
  • Wednesday 30th March, 18:00-20:00, online
  • Monday 4th April, 14:00-16:00, Woodhouse
  • Monday 11th April, 18:00-20:00, New Wortley
  • Friday 27th May, 10:30-12:30, New Wortley
  • Thursday 30th June, 14:00-16:00, online

Courses

Please note:

  • If you are a new group member, you need to attend the Introduction to Peer Support in week 1 of the course.
  • If you have attended our groups before, you can join the course in either week 1 or week 2.

*NEW COURSE* Open Minds: Identity and My Mental Health

This course has been designed with and for LGBTQI+ people and anybody questioning their identity. If you are unsure whether this course is suitable for you, please get in touch.

Please complete this short form to book this course.

This new course is an opportunity to explore the relationship between your identity and your mental health, challenge stigma and discrimination, and learn ways to look after, speak up for and celebrate yourself. 5 sessions including Introduction to Peer Support.

  • Thursdays, 14th April to 12th May, 14:00-16:00, online

Assertiveness

Learn about assertiveness and benefit from opportunities to practice assertiveness skills in a safe, supportive environment.  These skills include identifying your needs, asking for what you want, saying no and responding to criticism. 7 sessions including Introduction to Peer Support.

  • next dates tbc

Building Self Esteem

Explore how you think and feel about yourself and how this affects your life and relationships. Learn to recognise your strengths and resources, and use them to build your self-esteem and personal effectiveness. 7 sessions including Introduction to Peer Support.

  • Mondays, 16th May to 27th June, 14:00-16:00, Woodhouse

Managing Anxiety 

Learn what anxiety is and how to recognise it. Explore the impact of anxiety on your life and practical ways to manage and reduce it. 5 sessions including Introduction to Peer Support.

  • Fridays, 22nd April to 20th May, 10:30-12:30, New Wortley
  • Thursdays, 19th May to 23rd June (week off 2nd June), 14:00-16:00, online

Managing My Mental Health

Develop your understanding of mental health, what affects it and how you can build and maintain it.  Look at how your relationship with yourself and others can impact on your mental health, and how you can develop strategies to look after yourself. 7 sessions including Introduction to Peer Support.

  • next dates tbc

Mindfulness and Meditation

Learn how to meditate and engage with mindfulness. Explore loving kindness, mindful meditation for pain, and how to overcome obstacles to mindfulness. 7 sessions including Introduction to Peer Support.

  • Mondays, 16th May to 27th June, 18:00-20:00, New Wortley

Self Compassion

Explore what compassion is, the components of self compassion, and when and how to be more compassionate towards yourself. 5 sessions including Introduction to Peer Support.

  • next dates tbc

Workshops

Please note:

  • If you have not attended our groups before, you need to attend an Introduction to Peer Support (dates above) prior to booking onto our workshops.

Building Confidence

Explore what confidence means to you and what gets in the way of your confidence, and identify ways to build and maintain your confidence.

  • next dates tbc

Building Healthy Relationships

Explore how relationships can affect your mental health, possible barriers to connecting with others and ways to look after yourself when building and maintaining relationships.

  • next dates tbc

Building Resilience: coping with life’s challenges

Explore what resilience is and learn how to recognise, maintain and build your ability to cope with difficulties and challenges.

  • Friday 17th June, 10:30-14:30, New Wortley

Coping with Change

Explore how change impacts our mental health and learn techniques to manage the challenge aspects of change.

  • next dates tbc

Coping with Isolation

Explore what isolation is, what may stop us from reaching out to others, and how we can be kinder to ourselves when we are feeling isolated.

  • next dates tbc

Coping with Panic

Explore what panic is and how to recognise it, and learn ways to manage and reduce it.

  • Monday 25th April, 18:00-20:00, New Wortley

Exploring Guilt

Explore what guilt is, how it affects you, and ways to move away from guilt towards self-worth.

  • Monday 25th April, 14:00-16:00, Woodhouse

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Learn five actions you can take in your everyday life to help you feel good and function well.

  • Monday 9th May, 18:00-20:00, New Wortley

Forgiveness and My Mental Health

Explore the barriers that make it hard for us to forgive, whether that be ourselves or another person, and the different ways forgiveness can positively affect our mental health.

  • Monday 9th May, 14:00-16:00, Woodhouse

Looking After Myself

Learn coping strategies to help you look after yourself, including self-soothing and mindfulness.

  • Monday 11th April, 14:00-16:00, Woodhouse

Managing My Mood

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

  • Friday 10th June, 10:30-14:30, New Wortley

Setting Boundaries

Explore why we need physical and emotional boundaries in our lives, and how to set and maintain healthy personal boundaries.

  • Friday 24th June, 10:30-14:30, New Wortley

Sleep, Health and Wellbeing

Explore types of sleep problem and their impact on our mental health, and learn techniques that can help to improve your sleep.

  • next dates tbc

Support groups

Develop a deeper understanding of your mental health with weekly support for 12 weeks 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.

  • Taster session – not sure if a support group is for you? Want to get a taste of how it works? Book onto this informal session to meet our friendly facilitators and find out more about how the group will work. Wednesday 6th April, 18:00-20:00, online
  • 12 week support group – Wednesdays, 13th April to 29th June, online

Projects and Partnerships

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.

West Yorkshire Suicide Bereavement Service

Compassionate support for people bereaved by suicide across West Yorkshire and Craven. Please visit https://wyhsbs.org.uk/ for more information.

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 leedssbs.org.uk for more information.

THRU - A Leeds Mind Service

THRU

The THRU project (Talk, Help, Relate, Understand) offers Peer Support for young people aged between 14 and 25. We have three weekly support groups and are working with the MindMate Support Team, CAMHS and education providers to provide peer support to a wide range of young people across the city.

Please watch this video about the team’s ‘outstanding contribution to peer support’.

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.