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Peer Support

About 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

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, and develop effective coping strategies. Our fully trained staff and volunteers provide a welcoming and safe environment in which to do this.

Types of groups

For more information on what groups are currently available, please see our Peer Support Programme.


Skills courses and workshops

Our courses and workshops provide a safe and supportive space to develop skills to manage the difficulties in your life. Workshops are one-off sessions whereas courses have one session per week for 4-6 weeks.

Examples of Skills courses and workshops are Assertiveness Skills, Managing Anxiety, and Building Self Esteem.

Peer Support Session

Support groups

Our support groups are a way to give and receive mutual support to help manage the stresses in your life. We have regular daytime and evening groups.