Promoting recovery through peer provided interventions -Rajah Experience

  • Kavitha M A Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Rajah Rehabilitation Centre, Chavakkad, Thrissur
  • Nechiyilthody Pfizer Consulant psychiatrist, Rajah rehabilitation center, Chavakkad, Thrissur-680506
Keywords: recovery, mental illness, peer support intervention, self-management


Peer provided interventions are considered to be an additional approach to treatment as usual for mental illness. The word ‘peer’ stands for the goal of persona empowerment, education and recreation. Peer provided interventions improves the quality of life and increases the prognosis of mental illness. Rajah Rehabilitation Centre has been started to coordinate peer provided interventions to schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder since 2016 to provide the opportunity to get more help than from a one-to-one therapeutic session.


Wang J, Lloyd-Evans B, Giacco D, Forsyth R, Nebo C, Mann F, et al. Social isolation in mental health: a conceptual and methodological review. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2017 Dec;52(12):1451–61.

Badcock JC, Shah S, Mackinnon A, Stain HJ, Galletly C, Jablensky A, et al. Loneliness in psychotic disorders and its association with cognitive function and symptom profile. Schizophr Res. 2015 Dec;169(1–3):268–73.

Biagianti B, Quraishi SH, Schlosser DA. Potential Benefits of Incorporating Peer-to-Peer Interactions Into Digital Interventions for Psychotic Disorders: A Systematic Review. Psychiatr Serv. 2018 Apr;69(4):377–88.

Valenstein M, Pfeiffer P. Peer-delivered self-management programmes in mental health. Lancet [Internet]. 2018 Aug 4;392(10145):364–5. Available from:

Barlow J, Wright C, Sheasby J, Turner A, Hainsworth J. Self-management approaches for people with chronic conditions: a review. Patient Educ Couns. 2002 Oct;48(2):177–87.

Mueser, K. T., & Gingerich, S. (2011). Illness self-management programmes. In: Thornicroft, G.,Szmukler, G., Mueser, K., & Drake, R. eds. Oxford Textbook of Community Mental Health.Oxford: Oxford University Press.

National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (UK). Psychosis and Schizophrenia in Adults: Treatment and Management: Updated Edition 2014. London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (UK); 2014. (NICE Clinical Guidelines, No. 178.) 8, PEER-PROVIDED AND SELF-MANAGEMENT INTERVENTIONS. Available from:

Lloyd-Evans B, Mayo-Wilson E, Harrison B et al. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials of peer support for people with severe mental illness. BMC Psychiatry 14, 39 (2014) doi:10.1186/1471-244X-14-39.

Local Innovation