Mentoring is a goal focused programme and is not a counselling service. Individuals will work with a trained peer mentor to create an action plan and work towards an end goal.

What is Peer Mentoring?

Peer Mentoring is a goal orientated one-to-one service. People will work with one of our trained mentors – all of whom have a lived experience of mental health challenges – to plan and carry out steps towards achieving goals to enhance their wellbeing or address a particular challenge they are facing such as improving social confidence, using public transport, accessing education, voluntary work, and employment.

About Mind’s Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors are volunteers with a lived experience of their own mental health challenges and recovery, selected by Mind BLMK for their interpersonal and communication skills and trained to support you to create an action plan to work towards your goal/s.  Peer Mentors are not counsellors and do not provide crisis support but can provide a means of support with setting goals and achieving them.

How mentoring works

A mentoring relationship is founded upon trust, mutual respect and confidentiality. It enshrines the values of Mind BLMK in as much as it aims to meet individual needs and promote recovery, wellbeing and independence. Mentors meet with their mentees at one of our venues or in a public place for 1 hour at a time, normally once a week for a period of up to 6 weeks.

Mind will assess individuals for suitability for mentoring services and may make a decision not to offer mentoring if deemed inappropriate. Mind will match the individual with a Peer Mentor and arrange an introductory meeting. Once the Peer Mentor is introduced to the mentee and the goals are discussed, the mentoring relationship commences.

I found my mentoring service to be a very useful experience and felt that it has contributed greatly to my continuing improvement. My mentor was a great match and I’m pleased to have had the opportunity to meet with him.

How to access the Mentor service

For most people, self-referral is the simplest way to access our service. You can do this by clicking on the ‘Access Support’ button at the top right of this page.

Referrals from other organisations

For some people, a referral from another place is best. This might be a GP, another mental health service, a charity or voluntary organisation or someone from another organisation. If you would like to refer someone for support, we would encourage you to contact us to discuss the referral, or to click the ‘Access Support’ button at the top right of this page to submit a referral. 

If you are referring someone else, please ensure that they are happy with the referral and that they know it is happening. Please also ensure that you have completed all areas of the form and provided any relevant additional information, such as care plans, risk assessments or similar. 

Criteria for referral:

  • Resident in Bedfordshire
  • Primary diagnosis of a mental health problem
  • Aged 18 and over
  • No prolonged history of violence
  • Not in need of nursing or personal care
  • Personal circumstances must allow the individual to be able to focus on working towards goals.

More information

If you have any questions about mentoring, please find the contact details below:

For Central Bedfordshire and Bedford:

t: 0300 330 0648
e: [email protected]

Resource Library

Download Mind BLMK leaflets and posters HERE.


This service is funded by East London NHS Foundation Trust

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