Mind believes in the value and expertise of those with lived experience of mental illness, distress and recovery and strives for the inclusion of these perspectives across our workforce.
Mind has a strong commitment to employing peer practitioners across all service models, as well as employing staff in designated lived experience roles in other key departments. Over 50% of our staff have disclosed a lived experience of mental ill health.
Mind’s Peer Work Framework
The Mind Peer Work Framework describes what peer work is, shows the evidence for peer support and why lived experience is important across the organisation. It outlines Mind’s model of peer work (what peer work looks like in practice – including the lived experience knowledge base, peer work values and peer practice principles) and explains how Mind fosters an effective peer workforce.
This document has been developed in consultation with consumers, carers, peer practitioners, other lived experience staff, community mental health practitioners, managers and Mind’s executive team.