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People Not Professionals, An Aeon Essay

"Peer support shows that change is possible, that mental health is not the exclusive domain of mental health ‘experts’, such as psychiatrists and psychologists; rather, mental health is universal and relational – we all have varied experiences of mental health, which are shaped by our relationships with each other and the world. Peer support has the potential to bring a paradigm shift: to reclaim the expertise of persons with lived experience to shape mental health care pathways and control their own recovery journeys."

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