Article summary

Peer support refers to a process whereby individuals with lived experience of a particular phenomenonprovide support to others by explicitly drawing on theirpersonal experience. It has been adoptedin a variety of service contexts including homelessness, substance use, mental and physical health. Those who experience homelessness have some of the most complex intersecting health and social challenges. This ‘state of the art’ review provides a systematic searchand synthesis of literature examining use of peer support models within services for people impacted by homelessness and problem substance use.

By Joanna Astrid Miler (PhD), Hannah Carver (PhD), Rebecca Foster (PhD) and Tessa Parkes (PhD)