Peer Support Programs for Youth Mental Health

( Last Updated : August 12, 2022)
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Project Line:
Health Technology Review
Project Sub Line:
Health Technology Assessment
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Peer support is the relationship between a peer client and a peer support worker who share lived experience. Through face-to-face or virtual interactions, the peer support worker supports the peer client in their mental health recovery.

Formal peer support programs are those with trained peer support workers and are delivered out of structured service organizations and settings. Across Canada, formal peer support programs are being considered as one option to address the rising number of youth facing mental health challenges who are seeking care.

CADTH will undertake a Health Technology Review to assess the effectiveness and safety of peer support programs, and to identify and describe the methods used to evaluate existing peer support programs for youth mental health in Canada.

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