What is this thing we call peer support?

Interesting post on Peer Support from Arizona.

Gene Johnson is CEO and President of Recovery Innovations, Arizona. This blog post is an extract from Gene’s keynote speech at April’s  The role of peer workers in mental health services conference, jointly organised by the Centre and the NHS Confederation. Changing the balance between traditional mental health professionals and people whose expertise comes from ‘lived experience’  in mental health services is key to the concept of recovery. Peer specialist roles are different from, but equal to,  traditional service roles.


In 1999 I had the idea that what was happening in the peer run services, like the drop-in centres, was really good, but no one was paying much attention to it. It wasn’t very well funded and often times at risk in terms of business or infrastructure.  So I thought:  what if we can team up?  What if the peers could come over and join our teams?

In October…

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3 thoughts on “What is this thing we call peer support?

  1. Great piece, thanks for reblogging it. I thought the recent day on peer support Leeds Mind did was one of the best day conferences I’d been to for ages – nice atmosphere and some really interesting things going on. Peer support’s usually been a factor in anyone’s recovery – it’s just not generally been acknowledged, so it’s good to see it getting the recognition it deserves. Terry

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  2. I enjoyed the re-blog, thanks. The question in the title gave me pause for reflection. The article is interesting. There can be little doubt that the help and understanding of people who have experienced difficulties similar to our own is immeasurable. The point the item makes about finding satisfying, meaningful and adequately paid employment, is particularly valid.

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  3. HI thanks for your replies, Sue and Terry Yes I thought that the article was interesting, and I always find it interesting to connect to how and what other countries are doing with regards to Peer Support.

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