Self-management & peer support

This page offers ideas and tools to help you support people who have serious mental illness in self-managing their health conditions. 


Service users are clear that a broad range of activities contribute positively to their mental health and their ability to manage their physical health. These include opportunities for increased social contact and vocational or leisure activities. It has been identified that some service users need extra support to access these services.

Actions to take

  • Deliver interventions to support self-management of physical health and medication, emphasising family and peer support roles.
  • Encourage innovation and evaluation of peer support or wellbeing coaches and health promotion programmes.

Tools to help you

The Mental Health Foundation has published a number of documents with ideas for people to improve their mental health and wellbeing, including:

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