LGBT+ Peer Support Interest Form
Suffolk Mind wants to empower people to set up and run their own LGBT+ Peer Support Group.
What is peer to peer support?
Peer support happens when people who have similar experiences of something difficult come together to support each other by creating a safe environment for each other to share. If involved, you choose what parts of your personal experiences you share, seek support for, and how you support others.
How does it work?
Peer support works through the development of two-way relationships, allowing people to feel less alone by talking about and sharing experiences and coping strategies. Peer support is flexible, with people giving, receiving, and sharing support in many ways. The feeling of being together with other people who understand what it’s like to experience social or emotional distress makes it easier to open up and help one another. It’s liberating not having to explain themselves again and again, because in peer support other people ‘get it’.