The purpose of this paper is to provide insight into the sanist microaggressions that peer workers face working in mental health and proposes ways in which peer workers and institutions may begin to challenge sanist practices within the sector.
The paper is written as a personal narrative. It explores a “moment” in the life of the author as a peer support worker.
Peer workers are often faced with sanist microaggressions on the job which can significantly affect peer workers’ capacity over time. Sharing our stories, identifying points of resistance and working collectively to challenge microaggressions are important to peer worker survival within the mental health system. Organisations that train or employ peer workers should be aware of sanist microaggressions and learn how to strategically respond to them.
The paper documents the experiences of the author. There is limited academic literature documenting peer worker experience of microaggressions.
Sinclair, A. (2018), "Help yourself to our staff kitchen: a peer worker’s reflections on microaggressions", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 13 No. 3, pp. 167-172. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-06-2017-0042
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