Peer work in youth mental health (December 2015)

Peer work is increasingly recognised as a valuable component of youth mental health care. This webinar will explore what peer work entails, how to support training and professional development of the peer workforce and how peer workers use their lived experience to promote recovery.

The information in this webinar is current as at December, 2015.

Who is this webinar for?

Professionals who work with young people across the health and human services or education sectors or young people and their family and friends who have  an interest in the youth mental health peer workforce.

What will you learn in this webinar?

  • The integration between peer work and youth mental health services

  • Key activities that a peer worker might undertake

  • How a peer worker can use lived experience to promote recovery

  • An understanding of the boundaries of sharing lived experience

  • The benefits of professional support for the peer workforce

  • Service level barriers and supports to effective peer work.


Magenta SimmonsDr Magenta Simmons, Youth Partnerships in Research Coordinator, Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
Magenta has more than 10 years’ experience working in a variety of clinical research settings in the area of youth mental health. She was recently awarded the inaugural ‘Early Career Research in Mental Health Award for Excellence’ at the 2015 TheMHS conference, in recognition of her main body of evidence-based work that focuses on shared decision-making. Her research explores how young people can be meaningfully involved as collaborators in research projects, as consumers in clinical decision making about their own care, and as peer workers supporting other young people with mental ill-health.