Carer peer support project launched
23rd July 2014
A new 3 year project from the Mental Health Foundation is working with mental health carers in Glasgow and Stirling/Clackmannanshire to develop peer support approaches.
Funded by the BIG Lottery Fund, the project aims to improve the quality of life for those caring on an unpaid basis for an individual with a mental health issue, by developing and delivering ‘mentoring’ – a new model of peer support for this group.
This project is being delivered in partnership with Glasgow Association for Mental Health and Action in Mind. The intention is that carers themselves should be the primary ‘agents of change’ for this project – informing the model as it develops in each area and bringing their skills, knowledge and experiences to the project to support fellow carers. Over the course of the project there will be a number of ways for mental health carers to get involved:
- Contributing personal experiences and ideas to the project
- Becoming a member of the local steering group
- Volunteering as a peer support mentor
- Requesting mentor support
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