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Best practice framework in peer support

This Best Practice Framework aims to set out some of the guiding principles behind developing and operating peer support programs. It provides a guide to setting up and growing peer support of various types, including face to face groups and online groups. It aims to help people new to the concepts of peer support avoid some of the pitfalls and to find ways to ensure their group continues. The resource was written for not for profit organisations and stand-alone peer support groups.

Good practice in peer facilitated community mental health support groups. A review of the literature

This literature review sets out good practice when implementing peer support groups in the community for people with mental health issues. It seeks to develop an understanding of how such groups support inclusion and recovery and how they are run, and draws learning from existing good practice to inform further community group development. The project aim was to inform the work of St. Mungo’s Broadway and partners in further developing the community group network and in influencing the local commissioning of such services.

Evaluation report: peer support groups to facilitate self-help coping strategies for people with dementia in extra care housing

This report summarises an evaluation of peer support groups for people with dementia who live in secured housing. It shows the evaluation methods used to collect data on participants’ physical functioning, social relationships, wellbeing, expectations of the group and orientation in time. The evaluation also reviews the experiences of those who set up and maintained the group including members of staff from the housing provider, key stakeholders from the project advisory group, Mental Health Foundation staff, and the group facilitator.

Peer support in secure settings

This report provides evidence on the effectiveness of peer support for those expperiencing mental health concerns in prisons. It follows an extensive evaluation with workshops and a literature review. It provides suggestions for developing, embedding and expanding peer support in prison settings as well as case studies.

Q Lab Essays: How do people make decisions in peer support?

From April 2017 to May 2018, the Q Improvement Lab explored what it would take for peer support to more widely available to those who needed it, to support their long-term health and wellbeing needs. During the project, the Q Lab carried out a nationwide survey on decision-making in peer support - which is believed to be the biggest peer support survey in the UK.

Q Lab Essays: Learning and insights on peer support

From April 2017 to May 2018, the Q Improvement Lab explored what it would take for peer support to more widely available to those who needed it, to support their long-term health and wellbeing needs. This essay is a summary of the learning and insights on peer support gathered during the 12-month project. It draws on current evidence, as well as the knowledge and experience of almost 200 Lab participants that worked with the Q Lab.

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