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There is a renewed acknowledgement of the role of peer support in mental health with new government policies calling for the appointment of peer support workers within mental health services. While this is a welcome move, there is also a danger that the values and ethos of peer support, based...

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Survivor Research (Jayasree Kalathil, Dorothy Gould and Alison Faulkner) undertook a project to design and pilot a methodology, questions and process to evaluate the experience of using Local Mind Associations based on the views of people who use their services. The project was commissioned by Mind and the focus was...

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Survivor Research is involved in providing a process evaluation of a project to set up self-help and peer support groups for people with dementia in extra care homes. Mental Health Foundation is coordinating the formation, facilitation and evaluation of this work in partnership with Housing 21. Jayasree and Michelle are...

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This work, commissioned by the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) in collaboration with Catch-a-Fiya, explored what user involvement means for service users/survivors from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds. Research in the field suggests that there is an "under-representation" of service users from BME backgrounds in user involvement initiatives. What...

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Recovery and Resilience presents stories of recovery from mental and emotional distress, based on twenty seven interviews with women from African, African Caribbean and South Asian backgrounds.The project was developed by Survivor Research and based at the Mental Health Foundation. Existing research shows that black women face unequal and unfair...

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