"Now I believe in myself"

Peer Specialist

I’ve learnt that I’m a lot stronger than I give myself credit for and that I can stay well despite the pressures.

This training is a first step to helping other people.

I heard about this course through my Employment Specialist. She said she thought I’d be good at being a Peer Mentor.

I’ve got a lot of lived experience in mental health, domestic violence, and children’s services - my children were put into care and my son was adopted. I think it’s time I gave something back to everybody that helped me in my journey.

I want to be able to help people with mental health issues and then hopefully become a Community Psychiatric Nurse. This is me dipping my toe in the water and if I get on with this, I can develop my training and really help people.

I’m going to help set up and be a Peer Co-Facilitator for a recovery support group. I feel ready for this and ready for the formal training that runs alongside it.

This training has helped me in my life. In my own recovery group that I go to I’ve been using the skills I’ve learnt from this course to help me. I’m a lot better at setting boundaries. I can say “No” now which is a miracle!

I’ve learnt that I’m a lot stronger than I give myself credit for and that I can stay well despite the pressures. I’ve learnt about boundaries, how to actively listen, and how to say things. I wasn’t very good at listening but I’m getting better at it cos I’m using it every day.

It’s affected my own recovery because it’s given me confidence in myself, my own abilities. Now I have belief in myself.

 

We support people interested in becoming a Peer Specialist by offering them the opportunity to do a free NCFE level 2 Award in Mentoring. This qualification allows learners to develop the skills needed to become an effective mentor, focusing particularly on supporting peers who are experiencing mental health challenges.