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Why I chose to leave mainstream psychiatric services: a peer supporter’s personal perspective

Sue Irwin (Worcester, UK)

Mental Health and Social Inclusion

ISSN: 2042-8308

Article publication date: 12 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to share the experiences and reflections of a paid peer support worker (PSW) working on an acute ward within mainstream psychiatric services.

Design/methodology/approach

A PSW’s reflective and narrative account of working in an acute ward setting over a 12-month period.

Findings

Working as a paid PSW within mainstream services can create personal moral conflicts and challenges which can sometimes compromise individual authenticity and integrity.

Originality/value

This paper is written from a personal perspective and as such is highly original.

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Citation

Irwin, S. (2017), "Why I chose to leave mainstream psychiatric services: a peer supporter’s personal perspective", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 21 No. 3, pp. 153-160. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-03-2017-0012

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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