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Community Ment Health J. 2018 Jul;54(5):555-561. doi: 10.1007/s10597-017-0191-y. Epub 2017 Nov 16.

Exploring Peer Support Needs of Caregivers for Youth with Mental Illness or Addictions Concerns in Family Navigation Services.

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1
Family Navigation Project, Sunnybrook Research Institute, 1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4G 3E8, Canada. roula.markoulakis@sunnybrook.ca.
2
Family Navigation Project, Sunnybrook Research Institute, 1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4G 3E8, Canada.
3
Department of Psychiatry, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4N 3M5, Canada.
4
Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, 250 College Street, Toronto, ON, M5T 1R8, Canada.

Abstract

Roles for peer support workers are increasingly recognized as a valuable component of mental health and addictions (MHA) services. In youth MHA care, caregivers are often closely involved in finding and accessing services and may also require support for themselves, yet caregiver peer support is not readily available in existing service delivery models. In order to understand the potential role and value of a caregiver peer support worker in a Family Navigation service, a descriptive qualitative study was conducted to explore the needs and potential value of a peer worker from caregiver client perspectives. Study findings indicate that a caregiver peer support worker can provide support for engaging in the caregiving role, utilize lived experience as a skill, and complement navigation support through lived experience. The discussion highlights implications for the implementation of a caregiver peer role at a family-focused service as well as implications for peer work within the MHA system.

KEYWORDS:

Caregiver; Lived experience; Navigation; Peer support; Youth mental health and addictions

PMID:
29143904
DOI:
10.1007/s10597-017-0191-y
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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