Mental health

Using Personal Experience To Support Others With Similar Difficulties

This literature review of research about peer support in mental health services, contains a number of examples of how programmes have developed and grown. The document is very well referenced throughout and discusses the evidence of the benefits of peer support (both for the individual and the system) as well as the challenges that can often occur.

It discusses the balance of power shifting if peer workers are paid for their time, peer workers being exposed to high stress levels, and maintaining peer support workers’ distinct role.