Showcasing Peer Support Heroes

10 October, 2017

We have just come back from  in Bristol where we presented the Marsh Awards for Mental Health Peer Support to some fantastic peer support groups and projects and helped to celebrate . The Awards are run in partnership with Mind and wider Peerfest partner organisations.

This was the fifth annual Peerfest, and this year was led by Bristol Independent Mental Health Network and Bristol partners. The charity did an amazing job of getting a whole range of local and national groups involved in mental health peer support together. They were also the first completely peer-led charity to organise the event, demonstrating Mind’s commitment to encouraging this movement to be grass-roots led.

It was timely for Peerfest to be held in Bristol as this summer the City launched their plans for a city-wide Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme. Based on the ‘Thrive’ model for mental health which emerged in New York, Bristol want to bring together employers, educators, healthcare professionals, housing bodies, individuals and groups across the city to champion mental health. You can read more about their proposal here.

It was clear from this event that peer support has boomed over recent years and has become a real social movement, led by the very people experiencing a mental health problem.

Our Awards celebrated some inspiring peer support groups across England, from Liverpool and Blackburn, to Leeds and Thanet.

This year we were delighted to expand the programme, from one to three Awards, to recognise the growth in peer support in three different areas:

Doing it For Ourselves

Innovative Peer Support

Peer Support in the Workplace or Organisation

Many congratulations to all the wonderful winners! Have a look at our website to read all about their achievements.