21 June 2011
Giving voice to peer support in mental health
The value of peer support services in assisting Victorians living with or caring for people with a wide range of mental health issues has been captured in a ground breaking Charter and the development of the Centre of Excellence Peer Support, launched on 21 June 2011 by Dr Rhonda Galbally AO.
The online Centre of Excellence provides a single resource for information, advice, research and support on peer-mentor models to mental health organisations that embark on running peer support services.
This project also provides a dedicated help and
information line and enhanced coaching, raining and mentorship to support individuals and
organisations in adopting peer support in their service provision.
The Charter of Peer Support, written by and for people with the lived experience of mental health issues, advocates for the inclusion of peer support in service provision by government and not-forprofit providers in the mental health field.
'The grass roots Peer Support model has been underutilised and undervalued in the past yet it has played an important role in the support of individuals who have been impacted by events, incidents or issues that have disrupted their lives and wellbeing,” Dr Galbally said. “It’s the first time I have seen the value of peer support clearly articulated and documented in this way.”