The discomfort agreement (from Intentional Peer Support) where participants create a list of all the qualities they need from a group in order to continue even if it gets uncomfortable, provided a great start to the project. #ServUserIA2018 #SUAS2018 — Centre for Mental Health Learning (@CMHLvic) November 16, 2018 Later, she got a job with ‘Shine’ a mental health support group and having trained with them, worked with the organisation for 18 years. “I learned about recovery, not just medication. I learned to focus on wellness. That’s not something they offer you in the psychiatric services. It’s allContinue Reading There’s a great deal of research ‘out there’ on peer-to-peer support. Unfortunately, some of it is less than ideal because it starts with a hypothesis that doesn’t represent full understanding of what peer-to-peer support is intended to be. It’s also worth noting that those that are able to doContinue Reading Foster hope and build resilience, self-determination and autonomy. Focus on peer support tools, communication strategies, developing leadership, and the power of own story and how this can be shared in a safe and professional way to support peers and whānau who are experiencing distress. Designed for those working inContinue Reading Intentional Peer Support is a way of thinking about and inviting transformative relationships. Practitioners learn to use relationships to see things from new angles, develop greater awareness of personal and relational patterns, and support and challenge each other in trying new things. IPS is unique from traditional human servicesContinue Reading

Given choice in match of peer worker Focus is on achievement of personal goals Social inclusion/community integration, employment, education, training are considered Support given to strengthen or reconnect with key relationships Increasing empowerment and self-advocacy Can feedback on satisfaction with the service Increased motivation Since its origins during the late 1980s, the use of peer specialists in traditional mental health agencies has grown tremendously. There are now an estimated 30,000 people with psychiatric histories employed in such positions across the country.1 The term “peer specialist” was coined nearly 30 years ago in aContinue Reading