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What is peer support in the mental health system?

from Psych Central

Gabe Howard writes: "In the U.S., there is a growing trend of using peer supporters to help people suffering from bipolar disorder, depression and other mental health issues. There is a general misconception, however, about the role of peer support in recovery. In some people's minds, peer support is a replacement for traditional medical treatments and therapies. Before I explain how peer supporters can help a person have better outcomes when managing severe and persistent mental illness, I want to explain exactly what peer support is and is not." more

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