Peer Support for Mental Health

By Sally Blundell In Health

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3rd March, 2012
It began with a casual chat, a sunny lunch-hour lying on the grass in a Christchurch park talking about hospitals, healing and Jane’s hopes for the future. Jane knew she “had to change the habits of a lifetime. I had to take ownership of my illness.” Jane, 37, had been diagnosed with bipolar, a mental disorder characterised by alternating periods of elevated mood or mania and depression. In 2010, after a seven-week stint in a psychiatric hospital, she contacted Bipolar Support Canterbury and was teamed up with a peer support worker. Their initial meeting in a Christchurch park was ...

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