12. The Value of Self-Help/Peer Support

  1. Thurstine Basset2,3 and
  2. Theo Stickley4
  1. Caroline Bell,
  2. Sarah Collis and
  3. Joan Cook

Published Online: 15 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470970362.ch12

Voices of Experience: Narratives of Mental Health Survivors

Voices of Experience: Narratives of Mental Health Survivors

How to Cite

Bell, C., Collis, S. and Cook, J. (2010) The Value of Self-Help/Peer Support, in Voices of Experience: Narratives of Mental Health Survivors (eds T. Basset and T. Stickley), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470970362.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Basset Consultancy Ltd, UK

  2. 3

    Mental Health Training Forum, Middlesex University, UK

  3. 4

    University of Nottingham, UK

Author Information

  1. Self Help Nottingham and the University of Nottingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683637

Online ISBN: 9780470970362



  • value of self-help/peer support;
  • Self Help Nottingham, development agency - operating across Nottinghamshire;
  • ‘The Self Help Team’, terms ‘self-help’ and ‘self-help groups’;
  • group members' accounts of what their self-help group - has meant to them;
  • hope and inspiration - playing a significant role in self-help groups;
  • women's group, similar success - the group's poster, constitution and paperwork;
  • building social relationships of trust - and mutual respect, not exclusive to mental health groups;
  • normality, and groups' contribution - to developing a sense of ordinariness, emerging strongly from letters;
  • ‘mutually supportive philosophy’ promoted by groups - need ‘to be with people who understand, who accept and who do not ask intrusive or ignorant questions’;
  • group members' quotations - incisive descriptions of the value of self-help/peer support groups


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Self - Help

  • The Value of Self - Help

  • Contributors

  • References