Peer support is the help and support that people with lived experience of mental health issues are able to give to one another. Peer Support Groups encourage people with similar diagnosis to meet to share their experiences and offer support. This is because they have an understanding themselves of the mental health issue, they can share ideas on what has helped them and potential coping mechanisms.
User groups provide opportunities for service users to become involved in consultations with commissioners and service providers. They aim to ensure that service user views and experiences help to influence the provision of services. The groups play a very important role in peer support, combating stigma and helping people to recover until they no longer require the services.