Peer Support

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 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 or 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 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.”

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? Please contact us to register your interest and find out more about how the introduction will work.
  • 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.

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:

  • Thursday 25th November 14:00-16:00 ONLINE
  • Wednesday 15th December 10:30-12:30 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.

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.

  • Next dates tbc

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.

  • Mondays, 22nd November to 20th December, 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.

  • Fridays, 10:30-12:30, 5th November to 17th December IN PERSON – Leeds city centre

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 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.

  • Thursday 2nd December, 14:00-16:00 ONLINE

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.

  • Thursday 16th December, 14:00-16:00 ONLINE

Coping with Winter

Winter can be a difficult time of year for many reasons. Explore how it makes you feel and learn practical ways to reduce the stress and anxiety that this time of year can bring.

  • Friday 29th October, 10:30-12:30 ONLINE
  • Thursday 9th December, 14:00-16:00 ONLINE

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.

  • Friday 22nd October, 10:30-12:30 ONLINE

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.

  • 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.

  • Tuesdays, 5th October to 21st December, 18:00-20:00 FACE TO FACE – Leeds city centre
  • Monday afternoons, January to March

To register your interest and for further information about how to join our groups, please contact us on peersupport@leedsmind.org.uk or 0113 305 5800.

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 & Harrogate Suicide Bereavement Service

Compassionate support for people bereaved by suicide across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. 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.