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An evaluation of peer-led self-management training for people with severe psychiatric diagnoses

An evaluation of peer-led self-management training for people with severe psychiatric diagnoses

Cyhlarova, Eva, Crepaz-Keay, David, Reeves, Rachel, Morgan, Kirsten, Iemmi, Valentina and Knapp, Martin (2015) An evaluation of peer-led self-management training for people with severe psychiatric diagnoses. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 10 (1). pp. 3-13. ISSN 1755-6228 (Print), 2042-8707 (Online) (doi:

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The purpose of this paper is to establish the effectiveness of self-management training as an intervention for people using secondary mental health services.

A self-management and peer support intervention was developed and delivered by secondary mental health service users to 262 people with psychiatric diagnoses living in the community. Data on wellbeing and health-promoting behaviour were collected at three time points (baseline, six, and 12 months).

Participants reported significant improvements in wellbeing and health-promoting lifestyle six and 12 months after self-management training. Peer-led self-management shows potential to improve long-term health outcomes for people with psychiatric diagnoses.

Research limitations/implications:
Due to the lack of a control group, the positive changes cannot definitively be attributed to the intervention. Other limitations were reliance on self-report measures, and the varying numbers of completers at three time points. These issues will be addressed in future studies.

Practical implications:
The evaluation demonstrated the effectiveness of self-management training for people with psychiatric diagnoses, suggesting self-management training may bring significant wellbeing gains for this group.

Social implications:
This study represents a first step in the implementation of self-management approaches into mental health services. It demonstrates the feasibility of people with psychiatric diagnoses developing and delivering an effective intervention that complements existing services.

This is the first study to investigate the effectiveness of a self-management training programme developed and delivered by mental health service users in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Service users, Peer support, Self-management, Mental health services, Recovery, Mental ill-health
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Family Care & Mental Health
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2016 14:04
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None

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