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Using Lived Experience in Evaluating Mental Health Peer Support

Researchers share how their lived experience of mental health issues and peer support shaped and strengthened the Side by Side evaluation.
Peer support
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Using a peer research approach to evaluate women-led peer support

This is the final blog in our series this month looking at the value of collaborative working and peer research in the evaluation of the women-led peer support programme, Women Side by Side.
Lived experience • Peer research
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Why peer support could play a role in tackling unemployment: the Peer Support Employment Groups Evaluation

There are no easy solutions to long-term unemployment but peer support could help, says Dan Robotham.
Employment • Peer support
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What women's peer support projects teach us

From being gender responsive to trauma-informed, we discover what we can learn from a member of the Women's Side by Side project team.
Peer support
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Could training young people in peer support empower them during Covid-19?

A McPin Young People's Network member shares her experiences of the Covid peer support project.
COVID-19 • Peer support
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Principles tell us what good peer support for new mums looks like

What does good peer support for new mums look like? How can support from people with shared experiences meet the unique needs of mothers and babies?
Maternal mental health • Mental health services
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Developing peer support in the community: a toolkit

We have a new toolkit to use, launched in early December by Mind based upon work carried out by an evaluation team for the Side by Side project.
Peer support
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Peer research at Hive: thriving, creative & juggling many identities

In March, McPin joined over 120 people at the Hive conference to talk about peer research. Here are a few things we took away.
Peer research • Research methods
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“By sharing small bits of myself, interviewees may have opened up more”

Alex Kenny talks about disclosure, empowerment and the need for breaks while working as a peer researcher on a virtual reality project.
Digital mental health • Peer research
Project report
Project report

Work Well Evaluation

An evaluation of the Work Well project, an employment project operating in South London, which invested in local projects that tackled poverty and promoted social inclusion and employment
Employment
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Imposter syndrome & eating disorders

Feeling you are not “sick enough” to have an eating disorder can be a hurdle to seeking help. Whatever it looks like for you, you are valid and deserving of support and care, says Emma Garavini.
Stigma
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Who is a peer anyway?

A Lived Experience researcher reflects on the nature of the 'peer' in peer research in the latest in a series of personal reflections by McPin researchers.
Peer research
Toolkit
Toolkit

Developing peer support in the community toolkit

This toolkit is for people interested in mental health peer support happening in the community
Community • Peer support
Project report
Project report

Peer support principles for maternal mental health project

A report on the peer support principles for the perinatal maternal mental health project
Maternal mental health • Peer support
Project report
Project report

Peer Support Employment Group Project Evaluation

An evaluation of the peer support element of an employment project run by Mind
Employment • Mental health services
Project report
Project report

Evaluating the Side by Side peer support programme

This report describes an evaluation of the Side by Side programme, which was funded by the Big Lottery, aimed at increasing the availability of community based peer support across the UK.
Community • Peer support
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Mental health & gender: “It’s the only way to be comfortable with your identity”

Following International Non-Binary People’s Day, we spoke to McPin YPAG member Chris about gender, being non-binary and the impact it can have on someone’s mental health.
Inequality • LGBTQ+
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Sources of support

We aren't able to provide direct support to people with mental health issues. If you need help, or are worried about yourself or somebody else, the organisations below may be useful.
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Our team

From research to operations, communications and public involvement, we’re united by a passion for mental health research and a mission to help put lived experience at its heart. Meet the team.
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Overcoming imposter syndrome as a peer researcher

This is the second of four blogs in our series this month looking at the value of collaborative working and peer research in the evaluation of the women-led peer support programme, Women Side by Side.
Peer research