9 June 2021
This week, beginning 7 June 2021, we launched the Teesside Crisis Peer Mentor Service. This service is for nominated carers of the individual who are engaging with the crisis Intensive Home Treatment (IHT) team in Teesside.
What is peer support and how can it help?
Peer support workers are people with lived experience.
The team explains: “Our expertise isn’t based on things we’ve been taught from books or university; it comes from our own personal experiences. You can choose whether you would like to work with us.”
“Sometimes it helps to know that you’re not alone and someone else has been through something similar.”
Care for carers
Carers will be able to receive support from someone who has had a lived experience similar to them. Our peer mentors share their own experiences to support others towards better wellbeing.
Our peer mentors can:
- Offer both formal and informal support
- Signpost to other services
- Offer a listening ear
- Support you to navigate services
How can they access support?
We will make contact with the carer during the first three days of the care journey. Carers can also contact the Home Treatment Team at any time.
If carers would like advice regarding the person they are supporting they can contact: The North Home Treatment Team 8am-10pm, Monday-Sunday 01642 524708.
Additional information and support
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.
A carer can be anyone: an adult; parent; young person; elderly person or a child.
Many carers do not see themselves as a carer, for them the caring relationship is simply part of normal everyday life.
Carers of all ages told us that they want to be involved and informed but also want us to recognise that their caring role can have an impact on their own health and wellbeing.