This guide was aimed at service users who want to provide peer support to others and contains positives and potential concerns for each model of peer support. It therefore provides suggestions that may be helpful for those wanting to expand into different areas or different types of support.
Australia and NZ
This is a case study of how a telephone peer support programme expanded. The programme links people affected by cancer with a peer supporter by telephone. Service users include people with cancer and their family, friends and carers.
This resource is a study of peer support programmes in New Zealand, (including Maori orientated services) and discusses how some programmes have developed over time. While the study was not designed to measure the effectiveness of peer support it does include qualitative evidence that can show the effectiveness of peer support. The study also looks at common risks and issues peer support groups face, how the peer support programme links in with the wider health system and discusses how peers support is strengths-based and recovery focused.
This evaluation framework was designed to measure the effectiveness of peer support as a means of reducing mental health symptoms and improving overall wellbeing and social connectedness in women living with mental health issues. It gives an overview of the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale, Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale and the Social Provision Scale used for measuring the effectiveness of peer support.
This report provides a case study of an evaluation of Well Ways, an Australia-wide peer-led group-based education and support programme for families and friends of people with a mental illness. The programme comprises eight 3-hour weekly sessions of education and discussion, followed by four workshops over the following 10 months.