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Online support community for adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer: user statistics, evaluation. Kaal SE, Husson O, van Dartel F, Hermans K, Jansen R, Manten-Horst E, Servaes P, van de Belt TH, Engelen LJ, Prins JB, Verberne S, van der Graaf WT.

Many young Dutch people with cancer are unable to meet their peers face to face.  An online peer support community was set up to connect peer who could share and exchange their experiences.

Evidence For Peer Support In Rehabilitation For Individuals With Acquired Brain Injury: A Systematic Review. Wobma R, Nijland RH, Ket JC, Kwakkel G. J. Rehabil Med 2016;48(10):837-840.

Which type of peer support is most effective when dealing with an acquired brain injury?   This journal outlines many examples and their merits.

Creating A Supportive Environment: Peer Support Groups For Psychotic Disorders: Castelein S, Bruggeman R, Davidson L, Van Der Gaag M: Schizophr Bull 2015;41(6):1211-3.

People with psychotic disorders frequently experience significant mental and social limitations that may result in persisting social isolation.  This article briefly reviews the literature and discusses the barriers to implementation of a peer-support learning environment in routine care, as well as ways to overcome these.

Creating peer support groups in mental health and related areas

This report from WHO (the World Health Organisation) pulls together expertise from around the world in order to support countries develop and strengthen individualized peer support services in mental health and related areas. It sets out the benefits of individualised peer support, misconceptions about peer support, competencies for peer supporters, mentoring/supervising peer support volunteers, integrating peer support into health services, and expanding your peer support offer.

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