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Title: Peer-to-peer mentoring for and by at-risk young people
Contributor(s): Douglas, Lesley J  (author)orcid ; Jackson, Debra  (author); Woods, Cindy  (author)orcid ; Usher, Kim  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2019-11
Early Online Version: 2019-10-10
DOI: 10.7748/mhp.2019.e1401
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Abstract: Background Mentoring is recognised as an important modality in helping others to manage negative events, overcome trauma and encourage personal growth.
Aim To explore the motivations sustaining previously recognised at-risk young people to provide mentoring to their at-risk peers.
Method Twelve previously recognised at-risk young people who volunteer in a peer-to-peer mentoring programme were interviewed using a semi-structured interview format guided by narrative inquiry.
Findings An overarching theme of making a difference was identified, as well as three subthemes: using their experience to help others, initiating change through peer interactions and inspiring the healing journey.
Conclusion Previously recognised at-risk young people have the motivation and ability to effectively provide mentoring to their at-risk peers; the commonality of experience helps them to form a reciprocal relationship borne out of trauma. Mental health practitioners need to consider whether peer mentoring programmes can be incorporated into traditional mental health services.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Mental Health Practice, 22(6), p. 21-27
Publisher: RCNi
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 2047-895X
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 111005 Mental Health Nursing
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 420504 Mental health nursing
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920506 Rural Health
920209 Mental Health Services
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200508 Rural and remote area health
200305 Mental health services
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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