“I had been thinking about how I could put something back into mental health, after all the help I had been given.”

Margaret, Peer Mentor

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Margaret shares her experience of becoming a newly qualified Peer Mentor.

“The idea of peer mentoring had been suggested, so I read the information and spoke to others about it. When the ten week training course started, I was apprehensive and very unsure whether I would be able to cope, as it has been some years since I studied for anything. With some encouragement, I joined the course and was surprised to find that others were having the same feelings. As the course proceeded I found that I was enjoying it, and also enjoying the company of others.

“Being a volunteer peer mentor is very rewarding.”

Since finishing the course and becoming a volunteer peer mentor, I have helped with a three week “well-being for women” group which was received very enthusiastically. As well as being able to offer support to others, I feel that my confidence has grown. Being a volunteer peer mentor is very rewarding – if you’re thinking about it, give it go. There is no harm in trying!”

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