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My own lived experience has been a crucible of transformation, which has shaken and challenged me to my core, and deeply enriched me.  This experience shapes my work at WALSH with the people I support. I have also been deeply resourced through my extensive training in psychotherapy, and am inspired and guided by the principles of Intentional Peer Support.  I believe that the heart of Peer Support is a respectful, ethical, mutual, real relationship that naturally fosters growth for both people.  Nau te rourou, naku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.


Yvie's story to come...


My journey, which has found me working in this rewarding field, has not been so easy but has given me the best experience in collaborative practice I could ever hope for. Studying social practice has helped me in my recovery from my own experience with a mental illness, which gave me some difficult times when it was around. I am now able to share my experience and understanding with my peers and enjoy accompanying them on their road to wellness.

Amy It was in playing social netball with other service users that I realised that people in mental health can be really neat and lovely people. In having a good experience with workers at the DHB and a close relative that works in health, I decided to do one year’s study and work in mental health. I’m glad that my lived experience is an essential part of my work in peer support. It puts my experiences and struggles in a new light. I am happy to share the way I live my life with peers and be a part of their lives as they navigate a recovery that is uniquely theirs and inherently valuable.





Finding myself working at Walsh Trust as a peer support worker is another step in my ongoing recovery and personal life journey. The rewarding experience of connecting with others who may have their own experience of mental distress is what drives me to do this work. I value the honesty and openness that develops in a relationship from working the four tasks of the Intentional Peer Support model - Connection, World View, Mutuality and Moving Towards.