Peer supporters have experienced various health and life issues which impact on mental health, either directly or through someone they know. They offer listening, understanding and insight to help a person move back into positive mental health, based on their own lived experiences of what works.
How it works
The Dorset and Devon and Cornwall Alliance now has over 150 peer supporters who completed an EOI, had line management support, and attended a two-day course with Dorset ‘Mind’, providing them with advice and guidance on assisting someone in distress and signposting them to the right help.
The Alliance have also designed and created a bespoke website to host peer support, where individuals can access the biographies of supporters and choose who they would like to support them, with a facility for line managers to also refer individuals.
This also serves as a case management tool, where supporters can make notes and manage the support they give, as well as logging the time spent providing assistance. This allows us to create reports about the use of peer support as result.
There is no quantifiable data in terms of impact, but positive feedback for the 50-60 people who have engaged in the last 18 months has been received. A formal review is sought.