What does wellbeing mean to mental health peer workers?

Jenny Edge, Sue Wheatley

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Purpose: This paper aims to gain a detailed understanding of their experience of well-being from the perspective of mental health peer workers. Design/methodology/approach: An interpretative phenomenological analysis design using semi-structured interviews was conducted with four peer workers. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and then analysed using thematic analysis. Findings: Participants described their experience of well-being in terms of a journey over time that followed an unpredictable course. They understood their well-being in terms of their engagement in occupations. An occupational science framework was used to understand the participants’ experience of their well-being in terms of doing, being and becoming. Originality/value: This paper is among the first to approach the exploration of the experience of well-being for peer workers using an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis design.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMental Health and Social Inclusion
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021


  • Peer workers
  • Occupational Science
  • community mental health
  • Wellbeing
  • Recovery
  • IPA
  • Occupational science
  • Qualitative research
  • Well-being
  • Community mental health


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