23 September 2021
Being a parent can be really tough. Feeling overwhelmed, burned out, touched out, depressed or anxious are all very common.
This online peer support group is a place for parents from the Maghera/Magherafelt/Castledawson area to come together, share experiences, seek support, and meet others who just ‘get it’.
This group is facilitated by Sarah, one of our accredited Peer Support Volunteers, and will take place every Thursday evenings from 7pm – 8pm.
To register for this group you need to complete the following steps:
– Register for our peer support services here
– Choose ‘Maghera Peer Support Group’ from the list
You will be sent a link to the Zoom chat each week.
Joining a new group can be daunting, but rest assured you will find all of our groups friendly and welcoming. If you have any queries at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us: [email protected] / 02895 38 04 04
You can register for peer support by going to Groups on our main menu above and clicking on the ‘Register for Support’ button at the top of the page.
Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other. There are different types of peer support, but they all aim to:
- bring together people with shared experiences to support each other
- provide a space where you feel accepted and understood
- treat everyone’s experiences as being equally important
- involve both giving and receiving support.
All of our peer support groups are hosted by trained Peer Support Leaders who have their own experience of mental illness.
The groups are very informal and usually involve coming together a group over a cup of tea and talking about your experiences and how you are feeling.
These groups are designed to be as safe and supportive as possible. You don’t have to share if you don’t want to, you will not be put under any pressure to talk. Sometimes just knowing there are others going through what you are going through is helpful.
Lots of people find peer support useful to help them cope with mental health issues.
For example, it could:
- help you to open up about what you are feeling and experiencing
- introduce you to ideas and approaches that others have found helpful
- reassure you that you’re not alone in how you are feeling
- help you to connect with others and give you a sense of belonging
- encourage you to value your strengths
- build your self-esteem and confidence
- help you to feel more hopeful about the future.