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Using Peer Support In Developing Empowering Mental Health Services

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 779263

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2018

  • End date

    31 December 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.1.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 100 000

  • EU contribution

    € 3 000 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET ULM

Germany

Objective

Background: A large number of people with severe mental illness receive no treatment. This treatment gap is largest in low and middle income countries (LMIC), with detrimental effects on individuals (social role, quality of life, stigma) and societies (equity, costs). Peer support is an established intervention involving a person in recovery from mental illness being employed to offer support to others with mental illness. Peers are an untapped resource in global mental health.
Objective and methods: UPSIDES will scale-up peer support interventions for people with severe mental illness in high-, middle- and low-resource settings. An international community of practice for peer support including peer support workers, mental health researchers, and other relevant stakeholders in Europe, Africa and Asia (9 study sites in 7 countries) will be established. Peer support will be implemented adapted to the local context. Using a mixed-methods approach (N=688), the impact of peer support will be rigorously evaluated at the levels of patients and peer support workers (psychosocial and clinical outcomes), services (cost-effectiveness, return on investment), and implementation (adoption, sustainability, organisational change). Evidence of best practice will be disseminated to local, national and international stakeholders ensuring sustainability and spread.
Expected impact: UPSIDES will improve the lives of large numbers of citizens in Europe and LMIC by modifying mental health systems using the expertise of people with personal experience of mental illness. Utilising peers will provide an essential driver in low-income settings relieving the scarcity of human capital. Performance of mental health services will be maximised through actively involving and empowering service users, generating system changes towards patient-centeredness, recovery orientation, and community participation. UPSIDES will transform health systems towards realizing mental health as a human right.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET ULM

Address

Helmholtzstrasse 16
89081 Ulm

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 216 620

Participants (8)

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 350 832,50

UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM HAMBURG-EPPENDORF

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 445 625

BUTABIKA NATIONAL MENTAL HOSPITAL

Uganda

EU Contribution

€ 143 394

LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE ROYAL CHARTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 266 707,50

IFAKARA HEALTH INSTITUTE TRUST

Tanzania

EU Contribution

€ 202 697,25

BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 374 123,75

INDIAN LAW SOCIETY

India

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

Switzerland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 779263

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2018

  • End date

    31 December 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.1.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 100 000

  • EU contribution

    € 3 000 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET ULM

Germany