Introducing peer support work in Latin American mental health services

Introduzindo o trabalho de pares nos serviços de saúde mental da América Latina

Abstracts

In the course of implementing a recently funded network of hubs for building capacities in mental health service development, training, and research (RedeAmericas), the peer support workers are being introduced into the mental health workforce in three Latin American countries for the very first time. They will be part of a team, along with community mental health workers, that provides a modified Critical Time Intervention to individuals with severe psychiatric disorders living in the community. This article reviewed the background of this increasingly widespread development, and discussed its merits, as well as potential obstacles within local contexts.

social support; schizophrenia; mental health


No decorrer da implementação de uma rede recentemente financiada para realizar capacitações na formação de profissionais, na pesquisa e no aprimoramento dos serviços de saúde mental na América Latina (RedeAmericas), os trabalhadores de apoio de pares estão sendo introduzidos na força de trabalho da saúde mental em três países latino-americanos pela primeira vez. Tais profissionais farão parte de uma equipe, juntamente com agentes comunitários de saúde mental, que fornece uma intervenção no período crítico, adaptada para indivíduos com transtornos psiquiátricos graves residentes na comunidade. Este artigo revisou o conhecimento prévio desta intervenção cada vez mais difundida e discutiu seus méritos, assim como os potenciais obstáculos nos contextos locais.

apoio social; saúde mental; esquizofrenia


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Publication Dates

  • Publication in this collection
    15 Aug 2013
  • Date of issue
    2012

History

  • Received
    27 Apr 2012
  • Accepted
    02 Aug 2012
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