Thursday, November 15, 2018
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The sharing of lived experience to support others

https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2018-10-21/forging-connections-through-shared-experience-of-mental-illness/10397296

What Mr Panther is talking about — the sharing of lived experience of mental illness to support others with mental illness — is known in the mental health sector as peer support.

The idea of peer support is to harness people’s own experience of mental ill-health and recovery to support others and foster a sense of hope.

For a long time, peer support has been provided by friends and family (in an informal sense), and through community support groups and grassroots organisations.

But in recent years, the sharing of lived experience has been recognised as an increasingly important, complementary aspect of mental health treatment and recovery.