Recovery 101: A Community Psychoeducation Program on Mental Health Recovery and Peer Support Services Created by an Academic Psychiatrist and Delivered by Peers

Joseph Guillory, Carol S North

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Abstract

Objective: Despite the ongoing growing interest and established benefits of mental health recovery and peer support services, little is known about the effects of mental health recovery and peer support services specifically in community education programs. Seeking to further expand this scope, this article details the development, implementation, and evaluation of a recovery and peer services community psychoeducation program created by an academic psychiatrist and delivered by trained mental health peers. Methods: A community psychoeducation intervention on recovery and peer services was provided in 2 different series: 5-session and 1-session series. Participants in the intervention were recruited from 2 local nonprofit recovery-oriented organizations and a public mental health service agency. Surveys were administered before and after each presentation session and analyzed both quantitatively and qualitatively. Results: Quantitative survey items covering knowledge, awareness, interest, and likelihood of involvement in peer services for recovery all showed statistically significant gains from before to after the sessions. The qualitative data provided information about the participants’ interests in the program in terms of knowledge of recovery, self-improvement, advocacy, resources, support, and nonspecific positive comments. Conclusions: An essential contribution of the program was to introduce participants to recovery and peer services. It also provided them with foundational knowledge that placed participants in a position to begin to practice the concepts of recovery. According to the participants’ comments in the surveys, the program imbued a sense of hope and motivation; support and fellowship; and, importantly, role modeling and wisdom from the presenters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • Community psychoeducation
  • Mental health
  • Peer support
  • Recovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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