Buckinghamshire Mind is launching a vital new peer support service for people with mental health problems in Bucks, following the huge success of the service in East Berkshire. The mental health charity is expanding Friends in Need, which has had extremely positive results in East Berkshire, to benefit residents of Buckinghamshire.
Friends in Need is a friendly peer support group that helps members to manage their depression and anxiety by trying uplifting, fun and free-of-charge activities. The groups provide a supportive and inclusive environment for members to come together with others who have had similar experiences.
Buckinghamshire Mind identified the need for peer support groups in the county following the completion of a research project it carried out last year in partnership with Healthwatch Bucks. The resulting report was a key factor in securing the funding to expand Friends in Need in to Buckinghamshire.
“Our Mental Health Peer Support Report was the result of an extensive piece of work we undertook with Buckinghamshire Mind, which placed user experience at its core. We are very pleased that our work has helped to generate funding for this important new service. We look forward to seeing the difference it makes to improving wellbeing in Bucks.”
Thalia Jervis, Chief Executive, Healthwatch Bucks