An evaluation of a peer support depression group intervention

DLAMINI, Themba, USMAN, Jesse, TURNER, James and PAINTER, Jon (2023). An evaluation of a peer support depression group intervention. Mental Health Nursing.

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This paper is an evaluation study of PeerTalk, a nationwide independent charitable organisation that provides peer support groups for people with depression. A focus group of eight participants was managed from four regional groups and the data was analysed. Four themes emerged. Participants valued the reciprocal way the groups reduced their loneliness, increased their self-efficiency by listening to others coping strategies, and enabled them to be part of something non-judgmental and supportive. Sessions enabled the participants to relieve some of their pressure, take action, and through a shared experience manage their mood better. This evaluation suggests that peer support groups can enable mutually beneficial relationships to develop, that are built on empathy and understanding. Peer support can enable people to feel free to talk about their situation/s and to be a listening ear for others. PeerTalk was commented on as a safe and supportive place to relieve the pressure of depression. Given the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having, and the reported increase in mental health problems, policy makers and commissioners should recognise the merits of peer support and ensure organisations like PeerTalk are made available and accessible.

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SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
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Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2023 12:11
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2023 11:15

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