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.
Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2019.e1401Peer review
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Douglas L, Jackson D, Woods C et al (2019) Peer-to-peer mentoring for and by at-risk young people. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2019.e1401
Funding This study was supported by a scholarship provided by the Australian Government Research Training Programme
Published online: 10 October 2019
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