[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 2, September 2012].
The “Peer support in mental health and learning disability” report provides an overview of peer support in mental health (including dementia) and learning disabilities, based on recent literature. This briefing paper highlights the main benefits of peer support and presents the Mental Health Foundation’s other work in this area.
Peer support is proposed as being an important component in helping people to recover, to achieve greater control over their condition, and to lead more fulfilling lives in the community. The various benefits of peer support include:
- Better mental health.
- Higher sense of wellbeing.
- Increasing confidence and learning skills.
Mental Health Foundation (2012). Peer support in mental health and learning disability. London: Mental Health Foundation, August 2012.