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News: Could you use your experience of mental health challenges to help others?

Three Mental Health Charities in Dundee have been awarded funding to help create numerous Peer Support roles across the City.  SAMH, Penumbra and Wellbeing Works, as well as the Mental Health Officer team at the Health and Social Care Partnership have identified opportunities within their organisations where services will be enhanced by employing people who have their own experience of mental health challenges and have been on a journey of recovery.  The Charities have been developing Peer Support roles over the past few years as part of the “Making Recovery Real in Dundee” collaborative, supported by the Scottish Recovery Network.

As part of the Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027, Scottish Government made a commitment to provide funding to support local regions in their delivery of mental health provision. As part of the local strategy, The Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership is keen to allocate some of this funding to create these new posts that will help to increase numbers of people accessing support, enhance the support that is currently being provided, and help people to move on from services as their mental health and wellbeing improves.

Trudy McLeay, Chair of the Integrated Joint for Health and Social Care Partnership said: “It’s great to see that funding has been awarded to create peer support roles across the city. I know that peer support roles are particularly effective in supporting issues identified as central to recovery. The cross sector Strategic Planning Group recognise the importance of peer support and this funding means we are able to create more roles in the city and highlights our commitment to recovery based approaches.”

Louise Christie from the Scottish Recovery Network said, “Scottish Recovery Network are very pleased to see these peer roles in local services being created. Local people identified peer support as central to supporting recovery and wellbeing and local organisations have worked together to develop more peer support roles and opportunities in response. Securing funding from the Health and Social Care partnership highlights the value placed on peer support and peer workers locally.”

SAMH, Penmumbra and Wellbeing Works are hosting a joint event to promote the job vacancies at the Hilltown Community Centre on Alexander Street on Thursday 29th August between 1.30 and 4pm with a range of agencies on hand to answer questions about benefits and the support available to people starting work.

Wendy Callander, Executive Director at Wellbeing Works said, “We are all really excited about these opportunities because we know the difference Peer Workers can make by being able to relate to people who face mental health challenges in a way that others just aren’t able to. We would encourage anyone who is interested in a career where they can use their lived experience of mental health issues to help others on their journey to come along and find out about the posts.