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Breaking Out of the Mainstream: The Evolution of Peer Support Alternatives to the Mental Health System

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The consumer/survivor/ex-patient (c/s/x) movement has been instrumental in the development of a variety of peer-support alternatives to traditional mental health services in both the United States in Canada. This article explores the role of the c/s/x movement in the creation of such alternatives and discusses the various ways peer support is defined and has been put into practice. We also discuss the potential for future alliances and dialogues between progressive mental health professionals and the c/s/x movement as both groups seek ways to reconceptualize mental illness and recovery outside of the medical model paradigm.
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Keywords: ALTERNATIVES; CONSUMER/SURVIVOR/EX-PATIENT MOVEMENT; EMPOWERMENT; PEER SUPPORT; RECOVERY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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