PEP is a free service for anyone who is over 18 and registered with a GP Practice in West Leeds. PEP is short for Patient Empowerment Project, which means that you make the decisions and we help you find a way to get there.
Often when you are unwell you will need to go to your Doctor for a prescription but sometimes there are other things you can do to help yourself feel better, such as making changes to your lifestyle or dealing with the things that cause you stress. Sometimes it helps to be with other people who have similar experiences to you.
The PEP team are employed by 3 different organisations: Barca-Leeds, Better Leeds Communities and Leeds Mind. They come from a range of backgrounds and have a great deal of knowledge of services that are available so can make finding the right thing for you much easier.
Someone from the team can visit you at home or at the surgery to listen to your concerns and explore different options to help you manage your own health or do the things you would like to do but don’t know where to start.
Visit the PEP website for more information http://leedspep.org
About PEP in the words of someone who has used the service.
“I went to see my Doctor because I had reached rock-bottom really – I was struggling to cope for lots of different reasons.
Career, single-parent – just a lot of things had happened over the previous couple of years, and I’d reached the point really where I didn’t feel like I could go on without any support of some kind. I knew that medication wasn’t the answer. I also felt that I had so many issues that a counsellor wouldn’t have been very useful either, so what PEP enabled me to do was to separate all the different things going wrong in my life and deal with them step by step.
But it was more than that – they directed me towards things that I didn’t know existed, they gave me ideas, they helped me – I had tunnel vision and they just widened that for me. They gave me choices and they’ve helped me to rebuild my life – they haven’t done it for me, they’ve helped me. They‘ve provided me with tools to help me do that.”