Interesting qualitative study highlighting both the value of peer support (PS) but some of the key challenges of implementing PS in clinical settings.
Particularly interesting reflection from participants on
the importance of shared diagnosis... 1/3 bpded.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.11…
“I, personally, would prefer someone (a consumer peer worker) with BPD. Um [pause], not another diagnosis … a lot of my own experience with BPD could only really be understood by somebody else with BPD” (Consumer).
In contrast, the view of a PSW:
“If you’ve experienced... 2/3
...extreme distress, you’ve experienced mistreatment in the public mental health system … those things are still quite important for the client to know that you’ve experienced but it doesn’t necessarily need to come with a diagnosis of BPD” (PSW).
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For those short on time, these were the key themes... but definitely read the full paper and not just because it took six months to write 😉
Many of the studies were qualitative and the words of participants powerful.
Massive thanks for all the Twitter love over the weekend. I've been #workingfromhome since March, and we're in #lockdown for another seven weeks in Melbourne so it feels good to have the support of people so far away.
I might be slightly hanging on for that 100th like...
.@esylarur's findings from her survey with therapists with #livedexperience echo those of the other studies in supporting fear of #stigma as a primary factor in decisions not to share, and the implications for service user experiences of support.
This is the end game for me in supporting the sharing of #livedexperience in the workplace.
We need to change the conversations we have behind closed doors if we're going to better support people accessing #mentalhealth services.
"...But you know just saying ‘you’re not recovered enough to do this job’ is a load of bullshit." (Sam)
"The ambiguity in this study reinforces the need for greater consensus in defining and determining relevant lived experience in the context of designated roles."
As someone who has previously been responsible for recruiting peer workers, I was less interested in what... 1/2
...experiences they had had, and more interested in what they had learnt from those experiences that might help them to connect with and support others, especially their capacity to work with people who may have different experiences and worldviews to their own. 2/2
Had a COVID test this morning for some mild cold symptoms so putting myself to bed with some light PhD related reading: Kay Redfield Jamison’s memoir about her experiences as a psychiatrist with #livedexperience. #phdlife#GetTested#StayHome
Correction, KRP not a psychiatrist but a clinical psychologist & professor in psychiatry department.
Love this description of her own psychiatrist.
The value of her and other’s #livedexperience is evident in her descriptions of the research & training program she created as director of the UCLA Affective Disorders Clinic.
I’m taking my internet dropping out all morning as a sign I should do something offline.
Thankfully, printed @DrLouiseByrne’s latest paper yesterday & treated myself to some new highlighters on weekend (given my others are locked down in my LTU office). #workingfromhome#phdlife
Looking forward to speaking with young people in coming weeks involved in groups with #peer workers that have recently moved online.
It will be interesting to see if their experiences of #peersupport are different to those in face to face groups.
No so keen on the idea of “monitoring” or #peer “counselling” but can definitely say based on my scoping review that informal and formal opportunities for #peersupport are valued by health care professionals with #livedexperience of emotional distress.
@ManyHatsNetwork@In2gr8mh ..if one has not revealed to a colleague, the individual may spend a great deal of attentional resources ensuring […] stigma related information is not accidentally exposed, considering if revealing might be a good idea, and/or trying to gauge how the colleague would react.. 1/2
@ManyHatsNetwork@In2gr8mh I'm curious if this holds true for mental health professionals with lived experience.
Some have suggested the decision not to disclose is due to feeling it is not relevant to their work whilst others indicate the fear of stigma is burdensome.
Maybe it depends on the person?