Mind Jersey provide volunteer based Peer support. This type of support is when people use their own lived experiences to help someone else who needs support from someone who understands. Support is based on sharing and empowering those who access the service to achieve by focusing on an individual’s strengths rather than their weakness. How peers choose to meet up or connect is flexible and depends on an individual’s personal preferences and goals. Peer support can improve your emotional health, wellbeing and sense of belonging.
A vital part of peer support is mutual respect; peer support aims to help both those giving and receiving support. Everyone's experiences are treated as equally important, so you might find this gives you a different experience to more traditional support options.
Through purposeful one to one sessions, we can provide social, emotional or practical support from our volunteers who all have lived experience of various mental health conditions.
The support that you receive will be based upon shared experiences, empathy and mutual agreement about what is helpful in the recovery journey. Our approach is always non-directive and recovery focussed.
We are not experts – nor do we provide clinical advice.
As part of the start-up phase in the Island, and in accordance with our commitment to promote service user involvement, we have conducted a full consultation with service users. You can read about the findings of this consultation in the Peer Support in Jersey consultation report. Existing research has highlighted many benefits from the introduction of peer support services including:
We also liaise closely with colleagues from the Mental Health Service and other partner organisations to ensure the service is founded upon a multi-agency approach and is true co-produced.
“I’m so glad that I have met my peer support worker as she has been so positive and supportive since the beginning. Before I called Mind I was feeling lonely, isolated and depressed. I was so glad I phoned as they put me in touch with someone who has the same disorder as I do. It was so nice to be able to empathise with someone. We would meet for a coffee and go for a walk. It was lovely to be with someone so understanding.”