Peer Support Research Project

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The Healing Power of Mutuality – Neural Synchrony in Peer Support
Think Thrive! have teamed up with the Imagine Community, Dumfries to develop a research project. We want to add to the body of evidence that supports Peer Support. We believe that the authenticity, empathy and mutuality of relationship between Peers is a potent way to develop mutual healing.

We mean to gather data from focus groups of the lived experience of being a Peer Worker and of being supported by a Peer Worker and anlayze it to bring this experience into focus. We mean to show that within the alliance between Peer Worker and Person being supported that we can evidence Neural Synchrony – “the synchronization of neural, perceptual, affective, psychological and behavioural responses.” This is the basis for the spoken and unspoken understanding, affirmation and inspiration that is Peer Support.

We mean to present the findings to the General Adult Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Annual Conference in October 2018. We aim to make the case for the legitimacy of the Peer Support Approach to the College.


Any donation will receive a copy of the Research Paper to read and feedback on.
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I have completed the research, written the Paper and on Fiday 12th October presented my findings to senior Consultants at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The Paper was well received and we have inquiries about the research.
If you are interested in reading the Paper: the Healing Power of Mutuality - Neural Synchrony in Peer Support, email me from our Contacts page at
I need your help to recoup some of the costs of the research, we are still below the target budget for the work. PLEASE HELP WITH A DONATION! THANK YOU!
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