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Peer Alternatives

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We also work in partnership with a community group called Peer Alternatives. They include people with lived experience of human distress, crisis, adversity, difficult relationship experiences or use of mental health services.

They began with an ambition to create a safe space that offered an alternative to traditional mental health services. This has grown in to a peer-led network focusing on creating connections, personal development and opportunities to use their lived experience in training and consultation for local organisations.  

We are proud to have them support our Peer Mentoring provision and advise us on our service planning and delivery.  

About Peer Alternatives

We have learnt what can work well for people who are in situations we once found ourselves in. We combine this experience with the knowledge and skills developed from years of using relational ways of working in formal lived experience/Peer roles in traditional mental health settings and community alternatives for people in emotional and psychological distress.

Our members can be involved in different ways; ranging from being part of community social gatherings, to working as a Lived Experience Associate with Beyond Barriers and other organisations.  You can find out more about our membership options by contacting Tori Otero, our Lived Experience Lead. 

Our Lived Experience Associates 

Our Lived Experience Associates come from local, national and international locations.  They skilfully combine their lived experience of healing from human distress, use of traditional mental health services and therapeutic interventions, with evidence from personal stories, knowledge and research around what helps and what doesn’t and skills developed from experience of facilitating relational peer support in traditional and alternative mental health services and community projects.