We join forces with Mind and Bipolar UK
The Peer Support Programme will expand our supportive community across the country, so that from early 2015 more people will have access to friends in their local area who understand depression and can take part in a range of fun and uplifting social activities together. As with all our work, with the Peer Support Programme we’ll be bringing people together to end the devastating loneliness and isolation of depression, and helping people to make positive use of their experiences through illness and recovery.
The Peer Support Programme will generate 9 extensive new projects across England, 3 of which will be created and led by Depression Alliance. We know that a supportive network of friends who understand depression can be life-saving, so we’re thrilled to be working with leading UK charities Mind and Bipolar UK along with other partners, to expand and promote the power of peer support. The Peer Support Programme will:
• build an evidence base for the effectiveness of one to one, group and online peer support
• promote the value of peer support to those with experience of mental health problems, mental health service providers and commissioners.
There are lots of ways you can get involved in The Peer Support Programme. We’ll be bringing you more news shortly on the locations of each of the projects, and over the next few months we’ll be recruiting six people with experience of giving and/or receiving peer support to join the programme advisory panel. There will also be opportunities for 45 groups or organisations to apply for funding to run a peer support project in one of the nine areas. To be the first to hear about these opportunities please email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'The Peer Support Programme' in the subject line.