Peer Participation Resources
A number of online resources and tools have been identified that are available to either peers and/or organisations wishing to improve their involvement of consumers/carers in mental health and other community services.
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Below is a summary of what has been identified to date. Click on the blue title to take you to the respective websites.
The Centre of Excellence in Peer Support (CEPS) provides a centralised specialist clearinghouse and online resource centre for mental health peer support. It was set up in response to the growing interest in and recognition of peer support work, for both consumers and families/carers. A collaborative project, CEPS aims to support a sustainable peer support sector by providing linkage, service mapping and information-sharing. It is intended for use by consumers, families/carers, peer support workers, community mental health organisations, NGOs and individuals who provide or want to provide peer support. It was launched in June 2011.
The following represent a range of toolkits and resources that have been discovered as part of the literature and practice review processes. While some of them have been referred to in the body of the literature review, they typically focus on practical ideas and suggestions for consumer participation or peer involvement, rather than involving theoretical or conceptual material. As such, they are provided as examples of different approaches, both in the homelessness field in other fields such as disability, mental health and alcohol and other drugs sectors.
This toolkit is a resource aimed at supporting agencies to implement and evaluate peer-based programs for young people using good practice guidelines. It includes sections on planning, implementation, evaluation and a range of tools that can be downloaded and used.
Peers for Progress supports and funds a Global Network of Peer Support Organizations. The website includes general information and resources (not mental health specific) about various aspects of managing peer support are covered including ‘featured tools’ in each section.
This resource is for organisations entering into or working in a partnership to assess, monitor and maximise its ongoing effectiveness. It was revised in 2011 and now includes information on changing organisations. It is designed to help organisations: develop a clearer understanding of the range of purposes of collaborations, reflect on the partnerships they have established, focus on ways to strengthen new and existing partnerships by engaging in discussion about issues and ways forward
Provides a range of peer education tools aimed at empowering young Australians to prevent the spread of HIV and other STIs through participation and leadership
This workforce development guide is the Mental Health Coordinating Council's response to an identified need for a coordinated and strategic approach to the growth of the community-based mental health sector. The guide is fundamentally structured towards a whole-of-systems approach which will assist community organisations to embody the principles of a recovery-oriented organisation and work effectively, and in collaboration with consumers and carers, to achieve these outcomes in practical terms.
This template is a self-assessment tool and is for completion by your mental health service. This self-assessment tool will assist your service in measuring your level of achievement in relation to the Consumer, Carer and Family Participation Framework.
Intentional Peer Support: An Alternative Approach is an innovative curriculum that explores ways to create mutually supportive relationships where both parties learn and grow together. A central part of the IPS Core Training, it includes appendices for peer support warmlines, peer-run respite programs, and resources for peers working in both alternative and traditional mental health settings
Useful resources for health providers wanting to meaningfully partner with consumers.
Click here to see consumer videos created by Health Consumers Qld
Peer Support Resource Manual. The Peer Support Resource Manual is the result of work by a Peer Support Resource Committee, an intensive literature search and feedback from a survey of the health regions in B.C. about their peer support services. The manual contains background information on the importance of peer support for people with a mental illness, key elements needed in a peer support program and a step-by-step outline of how to develop a peer support program. The final part of the manual is a database containing the responses to the survey that was sent out by the Research, Education, Evaluation and Support Centre (R.E.E.S.), and a list of the current peer support programs available in the province.
The combination of WRAP and Peer Support is very powerful in helping peers grow, learn from each other and challenge each other beyond what was thought possible. Peer Support is a way of managing relationships, and WRAP is a way of managing life. Using Wrap and Peer Support together can help build the strong relationships and community that can be the first steps in the recovery process.