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National Evaluation of Peer Support for People with Mental Health Difficulties




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Speaker: Dr Rose Thompson, Senior Researcher, McPin Foundation

In 2015 MIND were given funding by the National Lottery to increase the capacity of nine regions in the UK in providing peer support for people with mental health problems. An evaluation of this capacity building work and of the benefits of peer support was commissioned as part of this programme.

The McPin Foundation has led on the development of the qualitative research strand of this research and are currently in the process of completing data collection and analysis. This seminar will introduce the evaluation strategy and the use of peer researchers in the co-production of elements of this strategy. We will also explore some of the principles and values that we have identified as underpinning peer support in this context and explore how we are in the process of testing those principles and values against the experience of peers involved in peer support projects across the country.

Dr Rose Thompson is a social scientist who works for the McPin Foundation as a senior researcher. Her current work involves research on various approaches to mental health, many of which employ a peer support element. She has previously worked in mental health at Queen Mary University of London, and at Cardiff University, and has also worked in the areas of epilepsy and learning disability and in social psychology while at Cardiff University.

Download the slides from this seminar and listen to Rose Thompson speak below.

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When and where

1.00pm - 2.15pmThursday 10th November 2016

C307 Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom