Peer Support Service (East Sussex Community Network)
The Peer Support Service is provided by Peer Specialists, people with lived experience of mental health challenges, who can support you to take control of your mental health and stay well.
The service is part of a network of mental health recovery support, called the East Sussex Community Network (for more information download the leaflet below - translated versions are also available on our website here).
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Coronavirus Statement (19th July 2021 - Step 4 update)
At Southdown, we’re heeding the advice to proceed with caution and there will be no changes to our office and community work arrangements across the organisation until September at the earliest. This includes the continuation of social distancing and wearing of face coverings for staff and clients. Staff will also continue to take Lateral Flow Tests prior to attending one of our buildings or conducting any in-person work.
We have resumed face-to-face support and are meeting clients outside, in Southdown wellbeing centres or inside Covid safe venues. We are continuing to offer online peer support groups and telephone support where this is appropriate.
Clients will be contacted prior to support to ask a few COVID safety questions in order to keep both our clients and staff safe. You will also have an opportunity to ask us any questions about what to expect.
In accordance with Southdown requirements and as mentioned above, staff will be taking Lateral Flow Tests prior to all in person appointments.
What support is available?
One to one support
Drawing on personal experiences of mental health challenges our Peer Support Specialists will work with you to support recovery and prevent crisis, enabling you to identify and maintain positive coping strategies and self-management tools.
Our trained Peer Specialists will work with you for up to 6-8 sessions enabling you to identify goals and overcome challenges that will help you move forward in your recovery and maintain positive health and well-being. This includes managing your mental health, identifying your strengths and interests, connecting with the local community and exploring options such as volunteering, returning to work or other beneficial activities.
Drop in sessions (currently paused due to Coronavirus - see statement above)
Where can I access support?
Am I eligible and how do I apply?
The service is available for people aged 16+ living in East Sussex with mental health support needs. To apply, contact us on the details below. We accept self-referrals and referrals from organisations and providers on behalf of individuals.
Accredited Peer Mentoring Training
Do you have lived experience of mental health challenges?
If you are interested in Peer Support/Mentoring, we provide a OCN Level Two Award in Peer Mentoring. This qualification provides a deeper understanding of the role of a mentor and will provide you with the skills, knowledge, competency and confidence to mentor others using a recovery focused/peer support approach.
Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic and in line with the Governments guidance of social distancing and staying safe, current courses have been adapted to be delivered on-line. This will involve a combination of tutor led support and remote learning.
Application forms are avialble in the 'Downloads' section below. For futher information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a look at the video below where Sarah tells us about her experience of taking part in the Peer Mentoring course: