Why Does Peer Support Work? Change Mechanisms Underlying Mental Health Peer Support
In this article Huyen Vu cites international research showing that peer workers can significantly improve treatment and recovery outcomes of people with mental health problems and contribute to a substantial reduction in re-admission rates and bed days.
He sets out a model articulating the change mechanisms and highlighting the impact of peer workers in mental health developed by Steve gillard and colleagues and based on research with ten mental health services in England. Relationships of trust were identified as key and the model identifies two parallel mechanisms arise from this: providing a role model for recovery and learning to live with mental health problems and helping with engagement with mental health professionals, services and the community.