Peer and Family Support

Peer and Family Support refers to an  intentional support where those who have lived experiences use their experiences in a mutual  and reciprocal manner to support others in their own recovery journey.

Peer Support Workers are mental health professionals who use their own personal experiences of mental ill health and recovery to support others in an earlier phase of their recovery. They work within Community Mental Health Teams.

Family Peer Support Work

Family Peer Support Workers have lived experience of supporting a loved one with mental health difficulties. 

Family Peer Support Workers work in HSE settings. They do not provide a clinical or a therapeutic service. 

The Family Peer Support Worker can offer information, emotional support, and can direct you to other resources and services that might help you and your family cope positively with the challenges you face. 

Accessing Family Peer Support

The service is free of charge.

Family Peer Support is available in the following Mental Health Services:

  • CHO 2 - Mayo, Roscommon, East Galway, Galway City, Galway County
  • CHO 5 - Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford
  • CHO 7 - Dublin South Central, Kildare, West Wicklow

National contact: Michael Norton (Programme Lead)