Lived Experience Leading The Way - Peer Support in Mental Health
A report by Together-UK showed that a mental health peer support service in Leeds saves £28,000 a year compared to traditional care. Other studies showed that in mental health can save bed days and reduce hospital re-admissions by 50%.
The report shows that peer support leads to improved self-esteem and confidence, a sense of belonging, and motivation to learn new skills. A Peer Support service in Australia, providing hospital avoidance and early discharge support, saved 300 bed days in the first three months alone. A USA outpatient programme reduced re-hospitalisations by 50% compared with traditional care. The Leeds Survivor-Led Crisis Service successfully supports people at £180 per day per person while a stay at an acute hospital as an inpatient is £259 per day, providing a saving of £28,000 each year.