A day in the life of a Peer Support Worker: One of those make or break visits

Emma Watson (Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK)

Mental Health and Social Inclusion

ISSN: 2042-8308

Publication date: 9 March 2015



The purpose of this paper is to describe the experience of being a peer support worker (PSW).


Narrative account of a one to one meeting with a peer written from the perspective of a PSW.


Key reflections centre on the importance of establishing and maintaining boundaries, the role of trust, and a different understanding of what constitutes risk.


While there is a great deal written about the theory of peer support work, little is published about PSWs experience. This paper provides important insights into the nature of peer support work.



Watson, E. (2015), "A day in the life of a Peer Support Worker: One of those make or break visits", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 19 No. 1, pp. 12-16. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-10-2014-0036



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