What is peer support?
Peer support is the coming together of individuals in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to discuss their experiences and share useful information in order to try and help each other through difficult times. It can take place on a one-to-one basis, in a group or even online.
Many mental health and community organisations offer peer support groups as a service. In some cases, these groups are open to anybody who wants to come along; other groups may focus on helping people from a particular background, with particular interests, or with a particular diagnosis. All peer support groups, however, need a common reason for meeting and rely on the existence of shared mutual respect between members.