We are excited and privileged to take forward the former Charity’s philosophy and values and continue its positive social impact.
For everyone experiencing mental ill health to live a healthy, hopeful and fulfilling life.
To help people help themselves, using empowering peer support and education.
In 2012, our Director and former CEO of Impact MH, Déanne Clark and her team, explored national and global research into the benefits of the peer support model after identifying a significant gap in peer-led, recovery based services from local mental health organisations.
Déanne worked tirelessly, consulting individuals experiencing mental health challenges in addition to volunteers and staff, in order to understand what the right model of peer support could look like and how it would meet the needs of those looking for a non-clinical, community based and peer-led service.
Frustrated with the limited choice of peer-led and recovery focused services for those keen to reduce clinical intervention in exchange for empowerment and social inclusion in the Bedfordshire and Luton areas, Déanne and her team created The You Programme, a Peer Support Mental Programme with fortnightly Pop-in services based around the model of intentional peer support with the important emphasis on key principles of respect, shared responsibility and a mutual agreement of what is helpful.
The former charity, Impact MH, as a peer-led mental health charity, enjoyed an enviable position with a history of over ten years of meaningful engagement with individuals and groups experiencing mental ill health. The work of the charity ranged from monitoring and evaluating the quality and effectiveness of statutory mental health services, conducting surveys and holding forums to better understand the needs and challenges faced by those suffering and, more recently, providing peer support programmes to help fill the gap in person-centered and recovery based peer support services.
Impact MH Peer Support is now in a privileged position to take forward the charity’s philosophy, energy, people and the uniquely successful peer support programmes. As a social enterprise, we are able to offer our services nationwide to a much wider audience without some of the restrictions and financial challenges faced by many small charities, hindering funding opportunities and economic survival.
Carrying on the tremendous success and legacy of the peer support programmes, we fully aim to ensure we continue delivering socially impacting, value-driven services to support anyone challenged by mental ill health and to assist in making their journey to recovery a positive reality.