Taking a gamble for high rewards? Management perspectives on the value of mental health peer workers

Byrne, L, Roennfeldt, H, O'Shea, P and Macdonald, F 2018, 'Taking a gamble for high rewards? Management perspectives on the value of mental health peer workers', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 1-12.


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Title Taking a gamble for high rewards? Management perspectives on the value of mental health peer workers
Author(s) Byrne, L
Roennfeldt, H
O'Shea, P
Macdonald, F
Year 2018
Journal name International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume number 15
Issue number 4
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher MDPIAG
Abstract Mental health peer work is attracting growing interest and provides a potentially impactful method of service user involvement in mental health design and delivery, contributing to mental health reform. The need to effectively support this emerging workforce is consequently increasing. This study aimed to better understand the views of management in relation to peer work and specifically explores the value of peer work from the perspective of management. This qualitative research employed grounded theory methods. There were 29 participants in total, employed in both peer designated and non-peer designated management roles, in not for profit and public health organisations in Queensland, Australia. The value of peer work as described by participants is found to be partially dependent on practical supports and strategies from the organisation. There were high benefits for all facets of the organisation when effective recruitment and ongoing support for peer workers was prioritised and a higher perception of limitations when they were not. Due to some parallels, it may be useful to explore the potential for peer work to be conceptually and/or practically considered as a form of diversity and inclusion employment.
Subject Organisational Planning and Management
Keyword(s) Diversity employment
Lived experience work
Management
Mental health reform
Mental health services
Peer work
Recovery
Service users
DOI - identifier 10.3390/ijerph15040746
Copyright notice © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license
ISSN 1661-7827
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