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Back … this time with keys: the perspective of a peer support worker embedding peer support in a hospital setting

Nicole Margaret Nannen (Peer Support Worker, Australia)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 2 November 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

Peer support workers are becoming more involved in mental health services in Australia. Peer support workers have had to overcome challenges and dilemmas whilst embedding their role within mental health settings. This includes coping with scrutiny from fellow colleagues, supporting consumers and managing their own mental health. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper will explore the author’s perspective and experience of working as a peer support worker in a psychiatric hospital and how the skills, knowledge and values she has developed during her recovery from mental illness have been essential in undertaking the daily activities with consumers and clinicians, overcoming the challenges and dilemmas, and managing her own wellness.

Findings

The paper provides insight into the experience of a peer support worker at a psychiatric hospital for adults.

Originality/value

The author’s personal experience of being a peer support worker in a mental health facility.

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Citation

Nannen, N.M. (2015), "Back … this time with keys: the perspective of a peer support worker embedding peer support in a hospital setting", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 10 No. 5, pp. 294-303. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-04-2015-0018

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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