In 2018, Pathways RTC published a report entitled Peer Support for Youth and Young Adults Who Experience Serious Mental Health Conditions: State of the Science. The report summarized existing research related to peer support—particularly peer support for youth and young adults—and highlighted challenges and barriers described in research and commentaries. The report noted that peer support for youth and young adults had been expanding very rapidly in the United States, in large part because stakeholders see peer support as a potential solution to low levels of engagement and retention that are typical in youth and young adult mental health services. Importantly, young people who have participated in mental health services have been among the most vocal proponents of peer support.
Research Update on Peer Support for Youth and Young Adults