Peer support groups

Peer support offered in a group setting. Groups are normally centred around a theme such as a shared medical diagnosis, a shared experience (e.g. being LGBT), or a shared interest (e.g. a gardening group). Groups can be structured, organised and facilitated in different ways. They can operate independently or as part of a wider network of groups.

Development And Delivery Of A Diverse Peer Support Programme For Renal Service Users, Their Family And Carers: An Action Research Collaboration.

What happens when a hospital implements a peer support programme for patients with kidney failure?  This paper looks into how effective this peer support programme was and makes recommendations for developing further.

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.

Peer Support And Psychosocial Pain Management Strategies For Children With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus : Nabors L, Ige TJ, Fevrier B : J Immunol Res 2015;2015:238263.

This article describes peer support for children with a specific long-term condition. It gives a case study of how a programme was set up, piloted and expanded and factors that others may wish to take into account when expanding to provide peer support for children.

Peer Housing Support Program

The Peer Housing Support Program is a Lived Experience community-driven initiative, dedicated to providing support with, and a sense of community and belonging for, people transitioning from experiences of homelessness to safe and stable housing of their choice. The Peer Housing Support Program is a partnership between peers, peer supporters, the Coalition, and participating housing organizations. The effectiveness of peer support in recovery-informed practice is evidence-based as an integral support within health and social services.

Cancer support groups: a guide to setting up and maintaining a group

This report is for people interested in leading face-to-face cancer support groups and established group leaders. It aims to help people to think about community needs for cancer support groups, determine a group’s purpose and format, learn how to form, run and maintain a face-to-face group, learn how to promote a group to the community, review how things are done, deal with challenges that may come up, and reinvigorate or close a struggling group.

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