At its heart, peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other.
Everyone's views and experiences are equally valued and respected, rather than anyone being seen as more of an expert than another, so you might find this gives you a different experience to more structured support options.
You're very much in control, so how much support you give and receive can vary depending on what feels right for you at different times.
Through peer support, you can get a sense of purpose and belonging, and feel that your experiences and knowledge are valued.
Who is this service for?
If you're looking to connect with like minded people, or if you're looking for more social contact and would like support with managing your mental health, then peer support could work for you.
To access this support you must be
- aged 18+
- living in Teesside
What we can do to help you
Our peer support groups are designed to help you feel comfortable about what you're feeling and going through, and give you a safe space to share coping techniques and support options with other people. It's a great way to reassure you that you're not alone in what you're experiencing.
Our groups meet or do things together depending upon what members are interested in.
If there's a group or activity you're interested in, and think others might be too, we'd love to hear from you.
We hope that you'll feel a sense of community and know you have somewhere to turn to at difficult times.
Peer support can also open doors to other opportunities such as volunteering, and help you build confidence and self esteem.
How do we deliver this service?
Our groups meet at different locations across Teesside depending upon the nature of the group and the shared interests.
Manter - men's face to face group, every Monday 10am - 12pm at The Lighthouse, 34 Yarm Road, Stockton on Tees, TS18 3NG
Caring for Others - digital support group, every Tuesday 11:30am - 12:30pm
Start Connecting - digital support group, every Tuesday 1pm - 2pm
Together - women's face to face group, every Monday 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Holy Trinity Church, The Marketplace, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, TS3 6LD
Manter - men's face to face group, every Wednesday 12pm - 2pm at Holy Trinity Church, The Marketplace, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, TS3 6LD
How can you access this service?
You can complete the referral form below and one of our team will be in touch.
Alternatively, your GP or another support agency can refer you.
If you’ve got any questions about peer support before making a referral then reach out to the team on 01642 257020.
Resources you may find useful
We know how important it is to have clear information or somewhere to turn quickly when you need some extra support.
So, here are links to other sources of information that may be useful for you.