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Welcome to the Staff Mental Health Peer Supporter Scheme

The University of Sheffield has introduced a Staff Mental Health Peer Supporter scheme as part of its work with Mind's Mentally Healthy Universities Programme. The scheme enables staff members experiencing mental health challenges to speak to a colleague who has undergone training with Mind to provide friendly, non-judgemental listening and support.

We are not trained counsellors but we are available to offer a supportive listening ear and chat about how you are feeling and any issues you may be experiencing from the point of view of someone who has been there. We are offering confidential and informal 1-1 support sessions to anyone, in any area, who needs a supportive voice.

You can find some more information about the scheme below:

Who we are 

Peer Supporters are staff volunteers with personal experience of mental health challenges, who want to help support colleagues with their own mental health as well as trying to break the taboo of talking about how we really feel and enabling open and confidential conversations to happen in the workplace.

What we do

We provide support to colleagues across the University through an informal, confidential listening and signposting service.

What we cannot do

We are not counsellors or advisors but we will do our best to point colleagues in the direction of further support if needed.

Getting in Touch

If you feel you would benefit from 1:1 peer support as part of this scheme, we are developing a number of ways for you to get in touch:

  1. Contact the group by email on peersupport@sheffield.ac.uk, indicating your preferences for support where possible. A member of the Peer Supporters group will then contact you. You can also use this email address if you have any questions about the scheme before seeking peer support
  2. Coming soon! We will shortly be publishing a Directory for you to view details of members of the scheme, then contact the individual member you would like to speak to
  3. Contact us using our Google Form to indicate your preferences for support and ask a member of the Peer Supporters group to contact you.

We look forward very much to hearing from you and working with you to provide a positive, open working environment where mental health and wellbeing can be discussed without stigma. Please contact peersupport@sheffield.ac.uk with any questions.

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