Peer to Peer Support Networks

Peer to Peer Support Networks

Our Peer to Peer support networks are designed to increase resilience and improve recovery.  They are designed for both people who have personal experience of mental health problems and those that have provided support as a carer for someone who has experienced mental health problems.  A programme of Peer to Peer support will comprise of 8 x 2 hour sessions for up to 20 people, with one session per week over an eight week period. 

The eight week programme covers both employment and recovery themes.  Please see the table below for an overview of the programme.

 

WeekRecovery ThemeEmployment Theme
1Introduction:  Employment Recovery
  • Sharing our experiences
  • Positive personal stories of recovery
 
2Self:  Illness and Identity
  • Stigma and finding one’s voice
  • Reframing illness within one’s life
  • Self-management; goal setting
 
3 Supportive Employment:
  • Stories of success from the workplace and your relationship with your boss (A manager with experience of supporting an employee with mental health problems will attend the session)
4Medics and Care:  Professional Resources
  • Talking therapy
  • Medication
  • Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Alternative therapies
  • Service-user choice
 
5 Working with the Employer:
  • Constructive negotiations
  • Best practice at work
  • Reasonable adjustments
    (An in-house colleague from HR should attend this session)
6Support Network:  Friends, Family and Carers 
7  The Role of Occupational Health:
  • Self-management
  • Confidentiality and disclosure within the workplace
    (An in-house colleague from HR/Occupational Health should attend this session)
8Moving on from the Workshops and Doing It For Yourself:
  • Reflections, experiences and lessons learned from the workshops
  • Self-efficacy and acceptance