Mental Health support groups : from individual suffering to forming a collective of users

This knowledge capitalisation document comprises four sections. The first section outlines the methodological framework: what is a support group, which actors come into play in the support groups they represent and what are the expected results. The second and third sections discuss the success factors observed during this programme that throw light on issue surrounding the formation of the groups and their organization. Lastly, the fourth section presents the key success factors that the HI teams must adopt to enable them to define their role and to address the ethical and political challenges flowing from their support of these groups.

This document is not a manual of good practice but a compilation of the knowledge derived from experiences gained through the TMRD programme for those wishing to develop this type of programme in other contexts.

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