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How can peer support help me if I have mental illness?

The term 'peer support' is used in the mental health sector to describe a wide range of programs, but at its core is the idea of one mental health consumer giving support to a fellow consumer.
Peer support programs have been shown to produce better healing outcomes and greater levels of empowerment, increases in social functioning, improvements in quality of life and perceptions of physical and emotional well-being, and increased ability to cope with illness. Through peer support programmes, people are able to meet others who they feel are 'like' them, and they often feel a connection with each other and are able to develop a deep understanding based on their shared experiences.

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