Dr Magenta Simmons is a Senior Research Fellow and the Youth Partnerships in Research Coordinator at Orygen and the Centre for Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne. Her work focuses on how young people can be meaningfully involved as collaborators in research projects (youth partnerships in research), as consumers in clinical decision making about their own care (shared decision making), and as peer workers supporting other consumers (peer support). She is currently an ordinary member on the Executive of the International Association of Youth Mental Health.
In their debut blog, Magenta Simmons and Ellie Brown summarise a recent review on peer support for adults with mental health challenges, and present early findings from their active ingredients review on peer support for youth anxiety and depression.[read the full story...]