https://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/article/undoctored/whitireia-and-kites-trust-offer-first-ever-nz-qual-peer-support-workers “Just last week, Minister for Health David Clarke said that, as a country, we need to do more to support people in distress, and through this new programme we will be contributing to this effort,” says Chris Gosling, Chief Executive of Whitireia Community Polytechnic and the Wellington Institute ofContinue Reading

http://bit.ly/2QPyyWc 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

http://bit.ly/36Rqyeu 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

https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/assets/ResourceFinder/MHC-power-of-peer-support-services.pdf 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

http://www.survivor-research.com/component/content/article/24-highlights/publications/99-the-freedom-to-be-the-chance-to-dream A study examining the importance of preserving the values and ethos of user-led peer support and self-help in the context of new policies to professionalise peer support. There is a renewed acknowledgement of the role of peer support in mental health with new government policies calling for the appointmentContinue Reading

https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/RoleofAFacilitator.htm The definition of facilitate is “to make easy” or “ease a process.” What a facilitator does is plan, guide and manage a group event to ensure that the group’s objectives are met effectively, with clear thinking, good participation and full buy-in from everyone who is involved. To facilitate effectively,Continue Reading

Service users and researchers in HICs have advocated strongly for access to peer support for people with SMI [20, 21, 22]. In recent years, peer support has been adopted into policy in many English-speaking HICs (USA [23], Australia [24], New Zealand [25], Canada [26], UK [27]). The spread of peer support isContinue Reading