Meaningful support from workers with lived experience of mental illness

What is Peer Support?

Peer Support is delivered by Peer Workers and are an integral part of our work here at the Inspire Mental Health Consortium. This enables those with lived experience of ill health to support others throughout their journey. To find out more about Peer Work Download the Peer Support Service Leaflet HERE

What is Peer Support?

  • Peer Support provides people who are emotional or in mental distress with access to someone with similar lived experience.
  • Peer Workers are trained to be able to provide people with practical and useful techniques that help with the recovery journey and improve mental well-being.
  • Support is provided on a 1-1 basis or in a group setting in the community.
  • Peer Support is strengths based and is a useful way of reconnecting with the community. It is helpful in providing meaning, hope and clarity for people when things may seem chaotic.

Who are Peer workers?

  • Inspire Peer Workers are part of the Involvement & Co-Production service.
  • They have lived experience of mental illness and a good all round knowledge of the mental health system.
  • Peer Workers really know what it is like to be ‘in the system and in mental distress.’
  • What can I expect from using these services?
  • The chance to share mutual experience.
  • Greater confidence and understanding of recovery.
  • Increased knowledge of the opportunities available in the wider community.
  • Support, advice, information and practical assistance to develop self.
  • A reduction in feelings of isolation and loneliness.

How can I access the service?

You can self-refer to the Involvement & Co-Production Service or you may be referred by a Health Professional such as a GP, Social Worker or the Community Mental Health Team.  All new enquires will be handled by the First Point of Access Service:

  • Call on: 0330 0538122*
  • Use the Live Chat facility on this website
  • Use the Contact Us  form on this website
  • Write to Us  at our operational address