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Employing people with lived experience of mental illness in peer worker roles to support others brings a tremendous range of benefits. 

Peer workers, academics and leaders in mental health discuss the power of a peer workforce in the video below.

Peer workers tell their story

Our workforce is the heart and soul of the mental health system. To support people who experience mental illness we need a mental health workforce of the right size and with the right characteristics to meet the demand for services, both in the community and in hospitals. We also need our mental health workforce to understand and support the philosophy of recovery and to have the skills and tools to provide services that are recovery focused.

People with lived experience of mental illness hold expertise that is incredibly valuable. Employing people with lived experience in peer worker roles to support others brings a tremendous range of benefits. Peer workers know what it is like to experience mental illness and can share experiences of personal recovery with consumers. People who are living well with mental illness represent hope that is often missing in people’s lives.

Read more about the peer workforce in the Supporting reform chapter of Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024.

Read personal stories and watch videos of peer workers.

Visit the Peer Work Hub website.

In March 2015 the Commission hosted a Peer Work forum which explored the opportunities for strengthening the peer workforce as a central pillar of mental health reform in NSW.

Download a synthesis paper from the Forum or view the web version of the paper.

View videos from the forum:

Download presentations in PowerPoint format from John FeneleyLarry DavidsonLeanne CrazeAnthony StratfordLouise Byrne and Chris Keyes.



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Last updated: 28 June 2017