Side by Side Peer Support

Introducing in 2015….   Side by Side - Improving Mental Health through Peer Support

Have you experience of mental health difficulties or illness, supporting others in their recovery either one to one or in a group setting?  e.g. groups that are symptom specific, such as anxiety, depression etc. or groups that have  a focus on social or physical activity to improve mental health and well being?  such as exercise, walking, arts, crafts, or a time of the week to get together, meet others and chat.

The Side by Side Peer Support Hub can connect you and your peer support facilitators with other peer supporters, where experiences can be shared around the setting up, facilitation and promotion of peer support one to one and peer led groups, influencing peer support locally whilst contributing to peer support nationally.

Become part of the Peer Support Hub

Funded by the Big Lottery, Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind have set up a Peer Support hub providing opportunities for groups and organisations to promote the value of peer support, and share knowledge, experience and good practice between existing groups and organisations, and advice for those that would like to set up peer support within their organisation or as an individual.

Hub Activities Include:

  • Peer Support Hub Networking Events
  • Expert on Call Sessions
  • Engagement and sharing good practice with local groups and organisations
  • Advice and support for peer supporters
  • Regular newsletters

Hub activities and working together will assist in the development of a Peer Support Community across Middlesbrough and Stockton.

Interested in being part of the Peer Support Hub?  Please contact Naomi Simpson on 01642 644116 or