Research Article

An Interpretative Qualitative Study into the Experience’s Mental Health Peer Mentor of an Inner-City Mentoring and Advocacy Service

Author: Chris WAGSTAFF

Research aims: The aim of the study was to investigate participants’ experiences of an inner-city peer mentoring service, Mentorship, Advocacy, Support, Hub (M.A.S.H), with a particular focus as to why the mentors decided to become involved. Findings: Two main findings reported in this paper are that the mentors valued the experience of being involved with M.A.S.H and consequently expressed great disappointment when the organisation was not refunded. Additionally, mentors placed great emphasis on the specific reasons why they themselves chose to become involved with M.A.S.H. Conclusions: That the informal social aspects of M.A.S.H were highly valued by the mentors and that they choose to become mentors for reasons that stretch beyond mental health. This should be borne in mind when considering future mental health peer mentoring services.