12 Oct 2016
On Friday 7 October, a cohort of students graduated from the trust’s ‘Peer support training for WLMHT’ module, run by the Recovery Hub.
The module is designed specifically for people with lived experience of mental health issues who wish to work with service users in a statutory mental health setting. Carolyn Regan, chief executive, attended the ceremony to present the students with their certificates.
The ten-week programme gets students to reflect on their own mental health journey, and explore how they can use their lived experience to positively support other service users to navigate the mental health system.
The module is designed to cover the essential skills of peer support work through identifying and building on student’s existing skills. By sharing experiences and focusing on personal reflection, students develop an understanding of the trust’s mental health services.
Amy, a service user who took part in the programme, said: “Peer support is so important for mental health recovery. It’s obvious that if you have experience of what someone’s gone through you’re in a better position to help them.
“I found the course so helpful and insightful. It got us to draw on our own skills, which I hope to use now to help other people who struggle with their mental health.”