Side by Side

About Side by Side

In September 2014, the Big Lottery Fund awarded Mind £3.2 million to improve access to peer support across England. With this grant, we’re running a two-year programme called Side by Side. Mind In Northamptonshire alongside Local Mind’s across the country are part of the Side by Side programme all working together with the aim to improve the lives of people with mental health problems by increasing access to peer support.

Mind, Bipolar UK, Depression Alliance and grant-funded projects are also working together, with support from the Big Lottery Fund, to increase access to peer support and research its benefits. In particular, we’re working to ensure that people from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds and people living in rural areas have access to peer support.

For more information about our Peer Support Services click here

Peer support has many benefits such as developing social skills, building emotional resilience, improving self confidence/self esteem, enhancing your well being. Peer support also offers acceptance, a feeling of being understood and an opportunity to socialise and to form friendships. Peer support can benefit those whose wellbeing is being affected by,

  • Low mood, Stress and Grief
  • Anxiety, Anger, Depression
  • Addiction
  • Physical Health Conditions
  • Social Isolation

We believe that everyone should have access to good quality peer support wherever you’re from.

If you would like to set up a peer support group or network and don’t know where to start, why not have a read of our guide to setting up your own peer support

Side by Side Leaflet – Setting up Peer Support