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The Wellness Workshop - A Peer-Led Intervention within Mental Health Services - An Experience Report

Terry Bowyer1*, Nick Plumbridge1, Neal Beamish1, Caroline Wawman2 and Ryan Williams2

1Dorset Mental Health Forum, UK

2Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust, UK

*Corresponding Author:
Terry Bowyer
Dorset Mental Health Forum, UK
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: June 27, 2013; Accepted date: August 09, 2013; Published date: August 12, 2013

Citation: Bowyer T, Plumbridge N, Beamish N, Wawman C, Williams R (2013) The Wellness Workshop - A Peer-Led Intervention within Mental Health Services - An Experience Report. J Biosafety Health Educ 1:104 doi:10.4172/2332-0893.1000104

Copyright: © 2013 Bowyer T, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

The ‘Wellness Workshop’ is a peer-led intervention within mental health services. It was designed and implemented by two Peer Specialists (people with their own lived experience of mental illness and recovery), with support from two Occupational Therapists, and is aimed at helping people experiencing mental health distress in order to explore, demonstrate and promote the principles of Personal Recovery discussed by Slade (2009). The workshop is a learning model with an emphasis on instructing attendees how to maintain good mental health using a strength-based approach to attaining wellness. The central component and guiding principle is the ‘lived experience’ of the facilitators who can act as role-models offering their vital experiential knowledge, hope and understanding to the participants. The style of the workshop is conversational and interactive, lasting for approximately one hour. It has received very positive feedback from the participants, who often state that they can better relate to the information and advice delivered by Peer Specialists rather than traditional mental health service staff. The workshop has primarily been delivered at the local NHS Crisis Team Day Hospital, but its popularity with people who access mental health services and traditional nursing staff has resulted in the workshops being delivered at other sites in the county.

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