Wellways peer education programs provide an opportunity for people who experience mental health issues, as well as their families, friends and carers, to learn about mental health and recovery. The programs are held in a group setting and led by people who have a lived experience of mental health issues and recovery. This lived experience of both the peer leader and participants is central to group and individual learning.

Our peer education programs are based on the most up-to-date research on mental health, treatment, recovery and support options. You will learn skills and strategies designed to improve social and emotional wellbeing. 

Wellways peer education programs are evidence-based. Each program has been evaluated in partnership with leading Australian universities, including La Trobe and Swinburne, and have proven to enable substantial outcomes for participants, including stigma reduction, an increased sense of belonging, improved health and an increased sense of empowerment. 

Two of our programs, Building a Future and My Recovery have both received Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Service Achievement Awards. 

Peer education programs for people experiencing mental health issues:

Peer education for families, friends and carers:

Peer education programs are run nationally through Wellways and other partner organisations.

You can find a peer education program near you or see what else is going on in your area. You can also find out more about delivering one of our programs here.

For more information, please contact Wellways on 1300 111 400.