What is peer support?
Peer support happens when people who have similar experiences of something difficult come together to support each other. MiWE specialise in experiences of mental health difficulties, trauma, or other forms of social or emotional distress. However, people involved in peer support will also have other shared characteristics, experiences, and interests. Peer support differs from other forms of mental health services and support in important ways.
Crucially, the people involved play an active role in creating a safe environment for each other. In this space, people can use their shared experiences to give and receive support from each other. It is through the development of meaningful, two-way relationships that peer support works. People can feel less alone if they talk about their experiences and share coping strategies that work for them. By doing this, peers can help each other learn about how best to manage feelings and experiences that are difficult.
Every participant who joins our Peer Support Service works with a dedicated PSW on a 1:2:1 basis. Our participants are all facing challenges with things such as anxiety, depression, personality disorder or many other forms of emotional distress which is preventing them from leading a full and fulfilled life. Our PSW’s also have lived experience of these things but are further along their own journey in finding ways to cope with such challenges.
The Tad Project compiled an article looking at Clinical vs Peer Support highlighting the improved outcomes through peer support rather than clinical. To read the article click here.
Please get in touch if you would like to refer someone to our Peer Support Service at [email protected] or you can referral directly using the following form: