Peer support: in mental health and learning disability

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Mental Health Foundation (London, England)
Mental Health Foundation
Date of publication
1 August 2012
Mental health services, Disabled people, Health Services
Social welfare
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This briefing paper provides a short descriptive overview of peer support in mental health (including dementia) and learning disabilities, based on some of the recent literature, and highlights key messages from work being undertaken across the UK by the Mental Health Foundation. This work looks at how peer support can help people to recover, or get more control over their condition, and to live fulfilling lives in their communities. The briefing quotes the views of people who have both given and received peer support, and concludes with recommendations for the expansion of both informal and formal peer support.