The Mind in Somerset Peer Mentoring Service is for clients who have mental health or other support issues and are in contact with the criminal justice system as a defendant.
The Peer Mentoring Service provides individuals with the opportunity to meet with others who have similar difficulties.
Peer mentoring can reduce stress and may assist you in finding helpful ways of coping with your situation, and can support during a trial.
At present clients must be referred to the service by the Somerset Liaison and Diversion Service. Please contact the Peer Mentor coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are not in contact with the Somerset Liaison and Diversion Service and would like to access this service.
About Peer Mentors
Mind Peer Mentors are volunteers, not professionals. They are not paid but want to support others in difficulty because they have had similar difficulties. All the mind peer mentors have lived experience of being arrested and many will have spent time in prison, they also experience mental health difficulties.
If you find it helpful to have a Peer Mentor you may want to consider becoming one.
How do I become a peer mentor?
If you have had experience of the criminal justice service and experience metal health difficulties, you may be able to help others who find themselves in this situation. If you would like to become a Peer Mentor please contact Dave Topham on 01823 334906 or e-mail email@example.com.