Peer Support Groups
Online Peer Support for Lived Experience Work
We're launching our online peer support groups for lived experiences workers from June 2021. The groups will be hosted on Zoom during weekday evenings, and will be for lived experience activists, peer supporters and broader lived experience workers.
You don't need to be in 'paid work' to be part of these groups, volunteers are welcome to attend. The groups are intended for people who consider their activism, peer support or lived experience activities to constitute some kind of 'labour', and would like to support from others in a similar position.
The first groups in each series will be to decide what we're going to do with the time, how often we would like to have them and to set up our group agreements. We won't be doing much 'peer support' in group one, more getting ourselves set up with a good group!
We have limited spaces while we have limited facilitators, so we will be asking people to register in advance for the first groups. People are welcome to register anonymously, however we will require a valid email address to send information about the group, such as the access weblink. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
If you'd like to co-facilitate a group, we will need to take some information as we will need to do some basic checks for our records.
Wednesday 9th June 2021 at 6:30pm: Peer support for lived experience activism FIRST GROUP
This group is designed for people who are campaigning for change in the field of mental health and who also have lived experience of the problem they are trying to solve.
***This group was prioritised following the #stopSIM campaign, though it has taken some time to organise. Activists who have been part of the #stopSIM campaign or who have been affected by the #stopSIM campaign are particularly invited to attend this group, alongside activists who are not linked to this particular campaign but would also like to connect with other lived experience activists.
Tuesday 22nd June 2021 at 7pm: Peer support for peer supporters FIRST GROUP
This group is for peer supporters in any mental health role (NHS, VCSE, user-led organisations, grassroots groups).
Monday 5th July 2021 at 6:30pm: Peer support for lived experience roles FIRST GROUP
This group is for wider lived experience roles including independent consultants, trainers, researchers, PPI roles etc.
(Survivor researchers may also be interested in joining the Survivor Researcher Network hosted by NSUN, which also offers opportunities to meet and connect with other survivor researchers.)