The contents of this product were developed under a grant with funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, and from the Center for Mental Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services (NIDILRR grant number 90RT5030).
Peer teaching, Mentoring, Social service, Youth -- Counseling of, Social work with youth, Mental health services -- United States
Increasing the availability of peer support for youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions has been advocated by service users, researchers, and government commissions. Efforts to provide peer support for young people are becoming more and more common. This FAQ describes the research evidence for peer support, as well as some of the challenges that can be expected when peer support is implemented.
Jackson, S., Walker, J. S., & Seibel, C. (2015). Youth & Young Adult Peer Support: What Research Tells Us About its Effectiveness in Mental Health Services. Portland, OR: Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University.