smws  Somerset Mental Wellbeing Service
Compass Disability Services working in partnership with Mind Taunton & West Somerset, Mind South Somerset Chard Watch CIC. Unit 11—12 Belvedere Trading Estate, Taunton, TA1 1BH Compass Disability Services is a Registered Charity No 1099376 and Registered Company No 4245798
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What are Peer Support Groups?
Peer Support Groups are small groups of people who share similar life experiences who meet up regularly building a relationship that provides mutual support for each other. It can feel very lonely and isolating when experiencing mental health issues. People who experience similar can help each other tackle such feelings of isolation by sharing their experiences.   Support is based on sharing experiences and agreeing a reason for meeting. How you choose to meet up or connect with people is very individual and depends on your personal preferences. Peer support can improve your emotional health, wellbeing and sense of belonging. A vital part of peer support is mutual respect; peer support aims to help both those giving and receiving support. Everyone's experiences are treated as equally important, so you might find this gives you a different experience to more traditional support options. Talking to people who have been through similar challenges may: help you to talk about what you are feeling and experiencing help you share suggestions for coping techniques and support options introduce you to ideas and approaches that have been helpful to others reassure you that you're not the only person who has felt like this increase your self-esteem and confidence over time to help you see how common mental health problems are provide a sense of belonging to a community of people with similar experiences give you a safety net to turn to at difficult times or if you’re at risk of crisis help you to find support that's right for you help you feel more empowered about your own wellbeing The groups come in all shapes and sizes – some are meeting up in a coffee shop for a cuppa and chat some may be phone calls/text chats some are activity focused based on shared interests some hire a local community venue where they can meet some groups have a facilitator who leads the conversation and promotes self management some are more structured. Peer support can come in various forms: community groups    mentoring befriending   self-help groups  online communities   support groups. No one is forced to or made to feel that they must talk about their experiences. Having someone there that does understand can make an enormous difference when we feel isolated.  Breaking the isolation opens our lives up to new possibilities that lead to hope and fun. Self-Management & Peer Support Workshops Self- Management workshops (4 weekly sessions) provides information that will help the individual facilitate their own recovery to improve their own mental health and wellbeing by developing their approach, skills and values. This gives them more self- awareness to then move forward to the Peer Support workshops.  In these Peer Support workshops (4 weekly sessions) the participants discover the benefits of peer relationships as a group.  Their personal journey has then started with identifying their potential to continuing with that knowledge in a shared supportive space. Support Groups in your area. To find out how to access a group please call 01823 255917
There are groups in Axminster, Bridgwater, Bristol, Burham-on-Sea, Chard, Cheddar, Frome, Langport, Minehead, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wells, Wincanton, Yeovil. To find out how to access a group please call 01823 255917
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Do you want to start your journey towards improved Mental Wellbeing? Call 01823 255917  email info@smws.org.uk (In crisis? Please phone Samaritans (116 123) or your GP out of hours service.)
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