Peer support has a long history in mental health. People have been coming together on an equal basis to offer something to each other based on their shared experiences for many years. Mind Jersey has developed a peer support service which aims to provide social, emotional or practical (or all of these); the importance lies in the mutual and reciprocal nature of the support that allows peers to benefit whether they are giving or receiving it.
In the UK, the provision of peer support has grown due to the development of recovery-focused mental health services. Generally it is acknowledged that peer support is one important way of promoting the principles of recovery. The current ‘recovery-based’ focus in modern mental health services demands that people living with mental health problems are placed in a central position with regard to the planning and delivery of their treatment. Existing research has highlighted many benefits from the introduction of peer support services.
Peer support offers many benefits, for example:
- Shared identity/acceptance.
- Increased self-confidence.
- The value of helping others.
- Developing and sharing skills.
- Improved mental health, emotional resilience and wellbeing.
- Challenging stigma and discrimination.
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
We are also liaising closely with colleagues from the Mental Health Service and other partner organisations to ensure the project is founded upon a multi-agency approach.
For more information about peer support in Jersey contact:
T: 01534 880584 E: email@example.com
You can read Peer Support literature here.