Terry Bowyer, Peer support worker, Dorset Mental Health Forum

I’ve been a peer support worker in Dorset for the last two years.  It’s the job I love and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.  It’s a basic idea, but it’s very effective. Basically if someone is unwell then they need to see people that have come out on the other side and survived it.

Recovery is about hope. Unless you show people hope and prove that recovery is possible you can’t really deliver it, so I see peer support as a vital, pivotal role. Peer support workers are the bridge between service users and traditional staff. We prove recovery is possible.

Find out more about the role of the peer support workers on our website here.