Baptist Community Services Peer Support Project

Staff involved: Catherine Hurley

Baptist Community Services has been funded by the South Australian Government to run a Peer Support Project. The project aims to develop a system for the education and employment of peer support workers (people living well with a mental illness) to work alongside mental health services in providing peer specialist activities such as coaching for life skills, self management and relapse prevention. Peer support workers will be recruited and employed in mental health services while attending training one day per week for a year. Peer support workers, trainers, peer mentors and the stakeholder reference group will be part of the evaluation processes.

This is a statewide project with peer workers to be trained in both metropolitan Adelaide and country SA. SACHRU has been contracted to conduct the external evaluation of the project using a combination of quantitative and qualitative measures.