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Solent Mind is the leading mental health charity across Hampshire and is here to make sure anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn to for advice and support.

We have chosen Solent Mind to be our Regional Campaign Partner as part of our Love Your Neighbourhood programme, supporting a Healthier Community.

Through the Campaign Partnership, Solent Mind will be working with our colleagues and members to develop a Peer Support campaign across our communities.

Peer Support means just that: support from your peers! Understanding is at the heart of peer support – we understand what you are going through, because we have been through it too.

The Solent Mind community peer support programme provides a range of groups, social opportunities and support run by and for people with mental health issues. Activities have included arts clubs, gardening, singing, walking and social events. They will also offer one-to-one support for those not quite ready to attend a group. Peer support enables people to live well in the community whilst accessing less peer support over time.

The Love your Neighbourhood peer led initiatives will grow as the Campaign Partnership develops. As well as supporting individuals from our communities, Solent Mind will work in partnership with other local organisations to promote the benefits of peer support, and offer training and advice. They will be holding a number of events and training sessions to further develop opportunities for and understanding of peer support.

We are delighted to have been chosen as a community partner for Southern Co-op. Their generous initial donation will enable us to develop our ground-breaking new peer support groups in local communities throughout Hampshire. These groups are run by trained volunteers who have experienced mental health issues and offer hope and mutual support away from a medical setting, by sharing interests, hobbies and social activities. We can’t wait to work with Southern Co-op!Sue Forber, Head of Peer Support, Solent Mind

Through these peer led groups and sessions Southern Co-op will be supporting people from all ages and backgrounds with a range of mental health problems. Some individuals will be living with long term enduring mental health problems and others may be experiencing more short term or moderate challenges.

The power of peer support is that the approach reaches out to everyone and often complements more traditional medical treatments.

The Southern Co-op peer support campaign will strengthen community support for those with mental health problems helping them to be healthier, work, support their families and to lead more active happier lives in society.

It’s just nice being able to be with other people and chat, and being somewhere that doesn’t cause you any more stress. Everyone at the group understands.Jane, Peer Support group member, Solent Mind