Peer-led Education Increases Self-esteem and Assertiveness

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A study of 428 adults with mental illness diagnoses were randomly assigned to the Building Recovery of Individual Dreams and Goals (BRIDGES) peer-led education intervention or a service as usual wait-list control group found that BRIDGES participants experienced significant increases in overall empowerment, self-esteem, and self-advocacy assertiveness, and maintained these improved outcomes over time. Research will be published in Community Mental Health Journal.

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