Authors: Bronwyn Fisher, SA
Event: 2011 TheMHS Conference
Subject: COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH,RESILIENCE
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Peer Work is emerging and increasing in many sectors, one area proving to understand and embrace this is mental health. Peer work is unique and it contributes to continuous improvement in mental health. Peer Work is beneficial for consumers and the mental health community in general. The absence of the medical model in the peer worker’s role is encouraging to consumers. It is evident that peer workers need to put the person first more than any other profession in mental health. This does not negate the clinicians work and experience but rather adds value and significance. In order for peer workers to fulfil their role, they are required to develop a unique resilience. This enables them to continue to make a difference and improve services and lives while sharing in the recovery journey.