Authors: Carmen Franke and Jason Hoppo, SA
Event: 2007 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Peer Employment, RECOVERY, PEER WORK, SUPPORT, MENTORING, EMPLOYMENT & EMPOWERMENT.
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Baptist Community Services (SA) Inc.’s Peer Support Project has established training and support programs for mental health consumers engaged as peer workers. The Peer Support Project has journeyed with both the peer workers and their employing organisations, providing support to both when establishing new peer worker positions. Peer work is a significant factor in the recovery of people experiencing a mental illness. We have found that the implementation of peer support work is most successful when it is carefully planned. Many challenges have been identified during this journey and we outline issues for organisations and peer workers as well as useful solutions and strategies.