From peer to provider: a critical review of the integration of peer support and self-help initiatives into statutory mental health services

Henbest, Emma (2016) From peer to provider: a critical review of the integration of peer support and self-help initiatives into statutory mental health services. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The process of recovery can be a long and difficult process for people with mental health problems. Mental health services in the UK have utilised professional knowledge and standardised practice as a basis for interventions with vulnerable people in order to facilitate recovery. However, the rise of the self-help and mutual aid movements in New Zealand, Australia and the US has facilitated a change in the way the UK conceptualises recovery. Peer based recovery holds its emphasis on mutuality and the idea that supportive relationships should be based on relatability and be absent of a hierarchical element. The purpose of this study is to explore the benefits and limitations of the integration of peer support services into statutory mental health settings. This piece utilises a literature review approach in order to identify and analyse existing literature on the topic of peer support and the argument around whether the integration of services in beneficial to recovery. Currently, there are many challenges that peer support workers face whilst integrating support with statutory mental health services and professional intervention. The main finding of this literature review is that although there is research to suggest that peer support and self-help initiatives can benefit those facing mental health issues, there can be challenges such as resistance from professionals and the adverse effect that role transitioning can have on ex-service users.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 15:15
    Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 15:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21373

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