Thursday, November 22, 2018
Supporting Men > Peer Support

Facebook: a gathering place for strangers sharing their deepest secrets

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/10/facebook-emotional-support-groups/572941/ It’s not surprising, then, that Facebook has turned into a gathering place for strangers sharing their deepest secrets. Emotional-support groups have sprung up around topics broad and narrow: diabetes, addiction, egg donation, a specific birth-control device now pulled from the U.S. market, parenting children who might grow up to be

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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

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What made a difference, Mr Panther said, was connecting with people

https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2018-10-21/forging-connections-through-shared-experience-of-mental-illness/10397296 What made a difference, Mr Panther said, was connecting with people who shared similar experiences and feelings. "The thing that made me feel better was finding other people who asked the same big, gooey questions … who wondered what the point of living was sometimes," he said. "The very simple act of

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Mental Health Foundation’s warning to social media users

https://thespinoff.co.nz/media/22-10-2018/mental-health-foundations-warning-to-social-media-users-on-jami-lee-ross/?fbclid=IwAR1SRYVHgczwhXVhCOfA7mrN5hSge52ogR5PL_AyIUHfPA46-65DCKxO3xM We’re all very good at telling people to ask for help when they’re struggling, but today we’re asking you to think about what you’re telling those same people when you’re talking about Mr Ross. Everyone who is experiencing a mental health problem deserves compassion, support and privacy. The damage done by

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What made a difference was connecting with people who shared similar experiences

https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2018-10-21/forging-connections-through-shared-experience-of-mental-illness/10397296 In his early 20s, Mr Panther had a mental breakdown. He experienced intense anxiety and feelings of terror. "I went and saw the psychiatrist, the neurologist, the psychologist — I tried all the pills and the treatments," he said. "None of them really changed what was happening for me. None of them

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Patients receiving peer counseling 34 percent less likely repeat admission

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-mental-crisis-peers/peer-support-tied-to-fewer-repeat-mental-health-hospitalizations-idUSKCN1M825V Adults who have been hospitalized for psychiatric problems may be less likely to be readmitted when they get support from other patients who went through similar experiences, a UK study suggests. Researchers followed 441 patients for one year after they were discharged from the hospital. All of them received personal recovery

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Residential Peer Support: Saving young men from their internet addiction

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/16/internet-addiction-gaming-restart-therapy-washington “There isn’t consistent criteria to measure this yet,” she says, nor is there agreement in psychiatry that one can be addicted to the internet. But Cash says research has “accumulated to the point where something called internet gaming disorder has made its way into the back section of the the

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