Peer Support in Long Term Conditions (Mental Health Foundation)


This document, from the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) and partners, offers guidance to organisations wishing to deliver peer support for people with long-term conditions.

A research project (2010 to 2011), funded by the Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland (LTCAS), investigated the implementation of peer support services for people with long-term conditions throughout Scotland. It found that such peer support across Scotland had a positive impact on people’s emotional and physical health, but that access to such services was inconsistent. Support services reported challenges in the integration with other mainstream services and a lack of perceived credibility in the eyes of potential referrers.

Guidance covers:

  • Background information on peer support and its benefits.
  • Who benefits most.
  • The matching process.
  • Formalisation of peer support.
  • Roles and functions.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Clarifying boundaries.
  • Support and supervision.
  • Training.
  • Partnership working.
  • Sustaining peer support services.
  • Evaluation and monitoring.

Full Text Link


Mental Health Foundation (2012). Peer Support in Long Term Conditions: the Basics. Edinburgh: Mental Health Foundation, September 2012.

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1 Response to Peer Support in Long Term Conditions (Mental Health Foundation)

  1. E Strachan says:

    Thank you for a very interesting article – I am a UK citizen doing Social work in Private Practice in SA. I designed a tool, based on what I learned in the UK, to use Self Social and Health Care Assessment and Peer Assessment for people with low literacy levels and very limited resources, like living in informal settings – it works, groups are growing and peer support in these communities work very well – interesting video footage available Elsette Strachan

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