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Peer Support

From rock climbing to photography or just simply a tea and a chat, we offer friendly and informal groups where everyone feels safe, accepted and understood.

Peer Support is an opportunity for people to use their own experiences to help each other. 

Through friendly, informal groups, participants can learn together, support each other and give each other hope. From rock climbing to photography or just simply a tea and a chat, we create spaces where everyone feels safe, accepted and understood.

The groups are run by people who have experienced their own mental health problems, which means everyone can mutually support each other whilst all views and experiences are equally valued.

Our peer support groups are funded by Southampton Integrated Commissioning Group and Mind.

Who is it for?

Peer Support is for anyone who feels that connecting with others could help their emotional health. 

You do not need to have a diagnosed mental health issue and you do not need to be accessing other kinds of wellbeing support to join us. Just simply pop along to a group of your choice without any referrals. 

We understand coming along to a group or activity for the first time can be difficult, so if you would like to talk to someone or meet up with one of our team first, we're happy to help.

Contact Details & Opening Hours

The dates and timings of our groups can be found below. You can contact us with enquires during the following times: 

Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday:
9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday:
9am - 4.30pm
Saturday
: Closed
Sunday:
Closed

Peer Support in offered online and in community venues, so our address is for post only. 

Peer Support
Solent Mind
28 The Avenue
Southampton
SO17 1XN

T: Text 'Peer Support to 074 5127 6010 and we will call or text you back.
E: sidebyside@solentmind.org.uk

Coronavirus Update

To help keep everyone in the Solent Mind community safe, all of our face to face Peer Support groups are temporarily suspended

We're now running a virtual peer support group which is open to everyone, every day between 10am - 12pm. Our peer staff will be live online to offer advice and support or just to have a chat. To join us:

  1. Visit sidebyside.mind.org.uk
  2. Sign up for an account at the top of the screen. 
  3. Use the hashtag #SolentPeers to find us, or just look out for our ‘SolentMind’ names.

If you have trouble logging on or finding us, drop us a text or email and we will help.

Resources

Videos:

What is Peer Support?
Roseanne's Story

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