Richmond Fellowship runs the Mental Health Peer Support Project. This project is for people over the age of 50 who are experiencing isolation, depression, anxiety, feelings of suicidal tendencies and other mental health issues.
The Mental Health Peer Support Project has established a network of 7 self-help groups across the island so that older people can access peer support. These groups will offer a safe, supportive environment, where people are able to discuss and share their mental health issues.
The Mental Health Peer Support Group will also have access to private Facebook groups for those who can’t attend the groups in person. These groups will be available 24hrs a day for peer support.
As part of the project, volunteers are trained as peer counsellors to provide low level support. They will be able to recognise early signs of depression and anxiety and provide advice about other, suitable, services that are available.
Volunteers will work with the 7 groups to help create a social environment and reduce isolation.