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What is peer support?

Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, and emotional, social or practical help to each other.

Mead et al., 2001

Most forms of support for people struggling with distressing voices involve a clear line between the person providing and receiving help. As helpful as these relationships can be, they are inherently unequal. Peer support, in its purest form, challenges this division by prioritising shared experience and mutuality. It resists simple definitions, has its roots in political and practical worlds, and can be found in many different forms and places.

In this module, we will explore the roots of peer support, its essential values and give some practical examples of peer support in action.

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In this module, we explore the roots of peer support, its core values, benefits and drawbacks. We also examine Hearing Voices Groups as an example of peer support in action. Use the grid below to find out more.

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