Mental Health and Social Inclusion: Volume 21 Issue 3


Table of contents - Special Issue: Peer support

Guest Editors: Emma Watson

Describing a principles-based approach to developing and evaluating peer worker roles as peer support moves into mainstream mental health services

Steve Gillard, Rhiannon Foster, Sarah Gibson, Lucy Goldsmith, Jacqueline Marks, Sarah White

Peer support is increasingly being introduced into mainstream mental health services internationally. The distinctiveness of peer support, compared to other mental health…


Mutuality and shared power as an alternative to coercion and force

Shery Mead, Beth Filson

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how mutuality and shared power in relationship can avoid coercion and force in mental health treatment.

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

Sue Irwin

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.

An update on the growing evidence base for peer support

Chyrell Bellamy, Timothy Schmutte, Larry Davidson

As peer support services have become increasingly used in mental health settings as a recovery-oriented practice, so has the body of published research on this approach to…


Peer support services: state of the workforce-state of the field in the USA

E. Sally Rogers

Peer support and other consumer-provided services have burgeoned within the USA during the past 30 years and are now a central component of mental health services…

Why not a peer worker?

Fay Jackson, Tim Fong

The purpose of this paper is to provide a perspective on peer work and insights from Flourish Australia’s journey in growing a thriving peer workforce. Flourish Australia…

Peer support in community settings: getting back to our roots

David Crepaz-Keay

The purpose of this paper is to look at peer support in the context of broader communities.

Just a peer finding my way in a crisis house

Carlina May Whitmore

The purpose of this paper is to share reflections and key learning points from the experience of offering peer support within a crisis house setting.

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