Mike Slade in The guardian has just written a really positive article about the value of peer-to-peer support for patients with mental health conditions. I think it can be a really effective tool for patients with any health problem; mental or physical. They provide "an expectation that a life worth living is available", but can also be honest about the process of finding that in a way someone not having had lived experience would find difficult to convey. The journey will be good and bad - they can portray that, but still leave hope.
Read it here