We are pleased to announce the introduction of our peer support groups in Luton following the appointment of our new Peer Support Worker. To start with 2 peer support groups will take place – one in person at our centre and one online in the evenings, to support our members who may find evening session easier to attend.
What is Peer Support?
Peer support is a term used to describe where people with a similar lived experience come together to provide emotional, social or practical help to each other.
In Mind BLMK, this means that people who have an experience of mental ill health can spend time together, connect, share experiences and ideas of what can help. This support can be really helpful for all involved – those supporting can feel helpful, useful and involved and those being supported can feel less alone, isolated and understand that others have had similar experiences.
Trying to explain how things are to someone who has never experienced a mental health issue can be really tough – sometimes simply finding the words to describe what is happening can be impossible and can feel like wading through treacle. And when others don’t understand, it can lead to frustration.
When people have their own experiences, it can be much easier. People get it. They understand. They have often felt similar things themselves or can see where you’re coming from, even if it is different from them. This can be a huge relief.
The groups will be led by our Peer Support Worker with lived experience of mental health and built-on shared personal experience and empathy with a focus on working towards wellbeing and recovery.
How to access our support
Before you can access any of services you will need to complete a referral form and have a chat with one of our recovery workers. This is so we can find out a little bit more about your needs and to make sure our services offer you the right kind of support.
If you have any questions about mentoring, please find the contact details below:
T: 0300 330 0648
This funding was awarded by BLCF as part of the London Luton Airport Limited Community Investment Fund.