People taking part in a peer support group had a readmission rate of only 17% compared with an expected 30%.

More info: A 3 month study in Australia on the effectiveness of peer support for people with varied mental health diagnoses found that only 17% (8) were readmitted to the hospital. Of the 8 people readmitted, 4 were for physical health reasons. From the source: “Only a small proportion of consumers relapsed to hospital either during or directly after the support period (n¼8). This represents approximately 17% of referrals, well below the...

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Participants in a guided peer support group had significantly fewer negative symptoms of psychosis.

More info: An 8 month randomized controlled study compared GPSG (Guided Peer Support Groups) with a wait-list condition (WLC). Patients had a clinical diagnosis of schizophrenia or a related psychotic disorder and were 18 years of age or older. All outcomes were self-reported, and were measured before the group started and after the last meeting at 8 months. From the source: “In fact, the participants in the experimental condition had...

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85% of participants in a guided peer support group reported that the group fulfilled their expectations.

More info: An 8 month randomized controlled study compared GPSG (Guided Peer Support Groups) with a wait-list condition (WLC). Patients had a clinical diagnosis of schizophrenia or a related psychotic disorder and were 18 years of age or older. All outcomes were self-reported, and were measured before the group started and after the last meeting at 8 months. From the source: “Almost all participants (85%) reported that the intervention...

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Involvement with peer mentors is associated with better social functioning and community adjustment.

More info: 60 individuals with a mental health diagnosis of “schizophrenia,” “schizoaffective disorder,” or “bipolar disorder” and at least one psychiatric hospitalization were followed for 7 months. Social functioning and employment of problem-centered coping strategies were higher amongst those who participated in peer-run programs and self-help groups than amongst people who received only services as usual from their Community...

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Peer mentors help foster hope, self-efficacy, and a sense of empowerment amongst people with a mental health diagnosis

More info: 333 individuals with a mental health diagnosis were followed for 6 months. Hope, self-efficacy, and empowerment rose by a statistically significant amount amongst those who participated in a peer-run recovery course (“Recovery is Up To You”), while these measures stayed about the same or dropped amongst people who did not participate in the course. From the source: “We found a positive effect of the peer-run course on...

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Peer mentors help reduce psychiatric hospital admissions and length of stay amongst people with a mental health diagnosis

More info: 74 individuals 18 years or older with a severe mental health diagnosis and at least 3 prior hospitalizations in the past year and a half were followed for 9 months. Hospital admissions amongst those assigned a peer mentor were 53% less than those without a peer mentor, and the average length of stay for individuals with a mentor was 10 days, as opposed to 19 days for participants without a peer mentor. From the source: “Patients who...

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