A review of the literature on peer support in mental health services

@article{Repper2011ARO,
  title={A review of the literature on peer support in mental health services},
  author={J. Repper and T. Carter},
  journal={Journal of Mental Health},
  year={2011},
  volume={20},
  pages={392 - 411}
}
BACKGROUND Although mutual support and self-help groups based on shared experience play a large part in recovery, the employment of peer support workers (PSWs) in mental health services is a recent development. [...] Key MethodMETHOD An inclusive search of published and grey literature was undertaken to identify all studies of intentional peer support in mental health services. Articles were summarised and findings analysed. Expand
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TLDR
It is suggested that peer support is still early in its development as a form of mental health service provision and should be encouraged for further exploration and evaluation of this promising, if yet unproven, practice. Expand
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Understanding the processes and factors that contribute to the development/deterioration of PSRs will enable clinicians and C/Ss to assess and promote the development of healthy, supportive PSRs in mental health. Expand
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