Mental Health Peer Support Development

“The tutors were excellent and I hope I get to be part of training being led by them again.”

What is Peer Support?

Peer Support means using the skills and knowledge of people who have personally experienced mental health problems to support others. We are particularly focused on how this approach can be used to develop a user-led service.

Peer Support is an invaluable part of modern community based mental health services. There is significant evidence of its effectiveness and it reflects the coproduction and personalisation agendas.

“Both instructors were excellent and treated the trainees with the respect that was deserved of them.”

Who is Peer Support Development Training for?

Bromley & Lewisham Mind has delivered Peer Support Development Training to a number of voluntary/community and statutory organisations. Bromley & Lewisham Mind has supported groups to incorporate Peer Support in to their services to better meet the needs of their service users.

This training is suitable for organisations who:

  • want to set up independent user-run services, or user-run sessions and activities within their existing services
  • already provide user-run services and wish to build and develop these services
  • have identified service users that would like to take on paid or voluntary roles developing peer resources support.

“Relaxed, probing, challenging, interesting and insightful.”

What will the Training Provide?

Bromley & Lewisham Mind’s Peer Support Development Training is delivered by skilled trainers with in-depth experience of developing and running Peer Support services as members of staff and Peer Support Volunteers (PSVs).

Two types of training are available:

1. Peer Support in Action

Two full days designed to support organisations setting up Peer Support projects. This course includes a follow-up consultation day several months later at a venue of your choice.

Peer Support in Action explores the principles and theories of Peer Support, the challenges of a project and how to overcome them. We also work with you to create the vision of how Peer Support is going to look in your services and how you are going to implement this vision.

Course content includes:

  • developing a complete vision of Peer Support within your services
  • defining the role of the Peer Supporter and introducing the skills needed to deliver user run sessions and activities
  • understanding the limits of the role and when and how to seek support
  • building people’s confidence, allowing them to pro-actively move forward with Peer Support
  • identifying the next steps necessary for your organisation to build and develop Peer Support
  • identifying effective approaches to overcoming the potential challenges of implementing Peer Support provision.

2. Peer Support Introductory Training

Three half days designed to equip your Peer Supporters for the role they are going to undertake.

Peer Support Introductory Training is tailored to your organisation and project. It equips Peer Supporters for the role that they are going to undertake. The course covers:

  • exploring the meaning of Peer Support and the role of the Peer Supporter
  • journeys through recovery and mental health awareness
  • active listening and communication
  • managing challenging behaviours
  • health and safety
  • importance of boundaries.

“Professional, supportive, encouraging.”

How much does it cost?

The price of the training is £800 per day plus travel expenses from Bromley. A reduced rate is available for local Minds. We also offer consultancy support to supplement the training.

“The trainers were inspiring and offered an immense amount of help.”

For More Information or to Book

Please contact Nathan Rendell, Community Mental Health Services Manager 020 8289 6872 or 07740 320008. Alternatively, email using the form below:

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