PEER ZONE FOR THOSE IN MENTAL DISTRESS

Updated: Apr 20, 2020


PeerZone Workshops are a series of up to 20 three-hour peer-led workshops for people who experience mental distress and addiction.


The workshops provide a fun, interactive and safe structure for participants to share their experiences, learn self-management and expand their horizons.

Peer Zone was developed by Mary O’Hagen and Sarah Weir Cook in 2012 in the Wellington area to enhance recovery and wellbeing in people who participate.


The workshops address a range of different issues from addictions right through to managing hearing voices.

The workshops have been designed to cater for people from 18 years and older.

To make it a safe and fun environment some ground rules are discussed before every workshop. These include respect for each other, what is shared in the group stays in the group, we are all equals and we get to choose about how much or little we take part in.


What makes the workshops great is that everyone with mental distress can experience recovery and that telling their stories helps in recovery.

Our Recovery Team at Pou Whakaaro has been running the Peerzone program on a fortnightly basis at Pou Whakaaro House, 1 Bracken Street.

There are more than 20 workshops, and participants are invited to attend a workshop that would be beneficial to their recovery.