Peer Support may be defined as the help and support that people with lived experience of a mental illness are able to give to one another.
It may be social, emotional or practical support but importantly this support is mutually offered and reciprocal, allowing peers to benefit from the support whether they are giving or receiving it.
Key elements of Peer Support in mental health include that it is built on shared personal experience and empathy, it focuses on an individual’s strengths not weaknesses, and works towards the individual’s well being and recovery.
For the one in five New Zealander's who live with a mental illness, things can sometimes seem a bit scary: you can feel very isolated and misunderstood. Supporting Families offers a safe and comfortable place where people experiencing mental illness can spend time in a supportive environment.
Activities can change from month to month; to see what is happening check out our monthly newsletter.
The monthly programme may include
So come along and join us. Have a cuppa, the jug is always on and even when there is no planned activity , there is someone to talk with or something interesting to do.