New peer support training launched

The Trust is introducing a new training initiative to provide people with lived experience of mental health care with skills that will help them to support others.

Peer support training is being introduced in Teesside for current and former Trust service user’s or anyone who has previously received mental health care in the private sector.

Commenting on the initiative Vikki Price, peer support and recovery expert by experience lead, said: “We understand that for many of our service users, connecting with someone else who has been through similar experiences can be a great support on their recovery journeys. Peer support can provide them with the opportunity to meet with, and learn from, other people who have experience of mental health challenges.”

The Trust already has people volunteering as involvement peers within some of our clinical services, helping to facilitate group therapy by using their own experiences of having taken part in similar sessions. By training more people in peer support it is hoped that it will not only help people develop valuable skills, but also widen peer support involvement across the Trust area.

We currently involve people in service development and in voluntary roles, and are now progressing towards having paid peer support worker roles in Teesside. The peer support workers employed by the Trust will work in clinical teams in Teesside supporting people using their own experience of mental health challenges.

Vikki added: “We are aiming to introduce specific peer support roles into our Trust later this year and we hope the people attending our training courses could end up applying for these opportunities too.”

An information event for anyone interested in the training will be held at Middlesbrough Fire Station on Monday 12 February between 10am–12.30pm and 1-3.30pm. Anyone interested in finding out more is welcome to come along and chat to staff from the TEWV peer support project team.

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