Authors: Dominic Ju Kyen Hwang, VIC
Event: 2013 TheMHS Conference
Subject: LIVED EXPERIENCE, PERSONAL STORIES, Peer-led Recovery
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This article aims to highlight the impact of a peer-led recovery group on participants. The objective of the group was to enhance life satisfaction through supporting participants in sharing their lived experience. Facilitators supported participants to share their lived experience with the hope that participants would enhance their well-being beyond the perceived limits of their mental illness through mutual learning. The group’s results were evaluated using mixed methods, with the collated results of self-measurement tools, WHOQOL, SISR and semi-structured interviews with participants and facilitators. This article provides results of the evaluation supporting statistically significant improvements in social networks, increased self-esteem, and increased motivation and hope. It also delineates challenges, such as participants’ realisation of lost dreams and skills, as well as facilitators’ difficulties with boundary issues. Through sharing lived experiences in the group, many participants felt that they were “no longer alone”.