Mind have put together some useful information explaining what peer support is and the different fomats it can take.
We know that peer support – talking to people who have been through similar experiences and dealt with similar challenges – can have many benefits for people who take it up. This is because we know from neuroscience that talking about experiences helps our brains to process them more effectively, so that we can move on from them. Mind point out that engaging in peer support can:
- help you to talk about what you are feeling and experiencing
- help you share suggestions for coping techniques and support options
- introduce you to ideas and approaches that have been helpful to others
- reassure you that you’re not the only person who has felt like this
- increase your self esteem and confidence over time help you see how common mental health problems are, and that everyone experiencing them deserves support
- provide a sense of belonging to a community of people with similar experiences
- give you a safety net to turn to at difficult times or if you’re at risk of crisis
- help you to find support that’s right for you
- help you feel more empowered about your own wellbeing, if you feel disillusioned with the support you’ve received so far
The National Police Wellbeing Service Team are developing a model of peer support specifically for policing which will be based on best practice from around the world, and this will be launched soon.
In the meantime, have a look at the short video here where people explain the benefits they’ve experienced from engaging in peer support