Earlier studies of Peer Support include a brief report from a British psychologist with research interests in the area of bullying, who visited 12 New Zealand secondary schools in 2000 and was full of praise for the New Zealand Peer Support programme (Peer Support New Zealand, 2001). Other studiesContinue Reading Much evidence supports that peer support is a critical and effective strategy for ongoing health care and sustained behavior change for people with chronic diseases and other conditions, and its benefits can be extended to community, organizational and societal levels. Overall, studies have found that social support: decreases morbidityContinue Reading

⁦@TePouNZ⁩ ⁦@MatuaRaki⁩ ⁦@PlatformTrust⁩ ⁦@dapaanz⁩ – thanks to Suzy Stephens for sharing intentional peer support / nice definition! — Robyn shearer (@shearer_robyn) September 3, 2018 Male Survivors Aotearoa | Operating Principles Purposeful Always ‘on purpose’: putting male survivors first and always seeking ways to improve their wellbeing. Professional Always ethical, open and honest; acting authentically with integrity and without judgement, always aspiring to the highest standards of professional practice. Collaborative Always collegial: building meaningfulContinue Reading Personal choice For each person the journey of mental distress or addiction and how they achieve recovery, is unique; this means services need to be responsive to a range of needs; peer support has the flexibility to achieve this. Wanted by consumers Has been driven by consumers of servicesContinue Reading IPS is seen as having four “tasks”: Connection, Worldview, Mutuality, Moving Towards and three principles: Moving from: Helping to Learning, Individual to Relationship, Fear to Hope These approaches involve: Looking at the power of language to define experience Understanding trauma worldview and re-enactment Rethinking old roles and ways ofContinue Reading EM: Can you tell us a little bit about Intentional Peer Support, its philosophy and intentions? SM: IPS is a system for relational co-development. Philosophically it comes out of a social constructionist, systemic paradigm. We believe meaning is made in a context and can only be challenged in trustingContinue Reading Intentional Peer Support (IPS) evolved out of the consumer activist movement in the States. The person most responsible for bringing Intentional Peer Support to the world is Shery Mead. Shery evolved the kaupapa of IPS through observing the limitations of Medical Model treatment of mental distress where the wholeContinue Reading

With the Baby Boomer generation (people born between 1946 and 1964) comes greater diversity in gender identity, relationships and sexuality compared to their parents and grandparents’ generations (Department of Health, 2015; Westwood et al., 2015) . There is also increasing religious and spiritual diversity among older people, due in partContinue Reading