“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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Michael, Mark and Gary

A story from people who have been part of Slough’s Hope College/EMBRACE programmes to give readers inspiration and hope for the future.

Find out about Michael, Mark and Gary
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Gary took part in the Art Beyond Belief Looking Glass programme; anxiety got the better of him during his first attempt, but he returned to complete the programme the second time. You can see more of his work from the programme on our website.

Find out about Gary