The Centre of Excellence in Peer Support (CEPS) provides a centralised specialist clearinghouse and online resource centre for mental health peer support. It was set up in response to the growing interest in and recognition of peer support work, for both consumers and families/carers. A collaborative project, CEPS aims to support a sustainable peer support sector by providing linkage, service mapping and information-sharing. It is intended for use by consumers, families/carers, peer support workers, community mental health organisations, NGOs and individuals who provide or want to provide peer support. It was launched in June 2011.
This website aims to support best practice in peer support by providing central point for information-sharing and exchange. It provides access to resources, research, a Directory of services and a community of practice, through the Forum. You can advertise or find out about upcoming training and employment opportunities (positions currently advertised) here. The website is designed as a collaborative resource, made up of the contributions of the diverse range of people and organisations who provide peer support. Please contribute your knowledge, experience, suggestions, ideas, research and resources you have to share by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Charter of Peer Support is ground breaking. It is the first time that I have seen the value of peer support clearly articulated and documented in this way to advocate strongly for the inclusion of peer support in service provision by government and not-for-profit providers in the mental health field.
The Charter is intended to:
For many people living with a mental illness, clinical health services and formal treatment services, while essential, are not the only means of seeking help. The peer support model is intrinsic to mental health and total well-being because it provides affordable and accessible assistance that is not available in any other way.