Mind launched The Side by Side toolkit today. You can find it at the bottom of this article. This toolkit is based on the research conducted by Mind in which many peer supporters that took were from Plymouth. Mind extended specific thanks to those, including the groups and organisations, in the Side by Side networks which were heavily involved in the co-production of the toolkit.
This toolkit is for people interested in mental health peer support happening in the
community. This includes people who are:
- supporting and being supported through peer support
- setting up and running a peer support group or project
- involved in commissioning peer support projects.
It will be particularly useful for people who want to establish a new peer support project.
This toolkit will:
- Briefly outline the main approaches to community-based peer support.
- Outline a core set of values underpinning peer support, discussing the importance of each in turn.
- Provide you with examples and a set of reflective questions to help you think about how each of those values are best reflected in the peer support that you are involved with.
- Highlight a number of key decisions about how peer support might be organised.
- Suggest some interactive activities to help you discuss these issues as a group.
- Give some guidance on how to better understand and communicate your impact.
- Offer some troubleshooting tips to help you overcome challenging situations.
- And finally, provide some links to other useful resources.