Yale’s Program for Recovery and Community Health will publish in World Psychiatry’s June issue a review the history of peer support, from its roots in 18th-century France to today. The study reviews peer support’s effectiveness, finding evidence that it can reduce use of emergency rooms & hospitals and substance abuse. The study also finds evidence that peer support can increase subjects’ sense of hope, control, ability to effect changes in their lives, self-care, sense of community belonging, satisfaction, as well as decrease levels of depression and psychosis.
Note from Kermit Cole, “In the News” Editor:
Thanks to mindfulliberation who helpfully provided a link to the study. Meanwhile, the link from “June issue” goes to a PDF of the the June issue of the journal, provided by John Ellis on a Facebook page. The issue is full of interesting things, such as “The self and schizophrenia: some open issues,” “The core Gestalt of schizophrenia,” “The placebo response: science versus ethics, and the vulnerability of the patient,” “Positive mental health: is there a cross-cultural definition?” (by G.E. Vaillant), and many more articles on positive psychology. I will look closer at them to see whether some merit posts of their own, but meanwhile thanks again to John Ellis for finding the link to the journal. I had tried to briefly and then moved on.
Davidson, L. Bellamy, C. Guy, K. Miller, R; “Peer Support Among Persons With Severe Mental Illnesses: a Review of Evidence and Experience” World Psychiatry June, 2012; 11(2): 123-8