UPSIDES Training Manual and Workbook

Field version of the UPSIDES Training Manual and Workbook: Download

Scientific publications

Challenges to peer support in low- and middle-income countries during COVID-19 Mpango, R., Kalha, J., Shamba, D. et al. Challenges to peer support in low- and middle-income countries during COVID-19. Global Health 16, 90 (2020).

Typology of modifications to peer support work for adults with mental health problems: systematic review. British Journal of Psychiatry, 216, 301-307. Charles A, Thompson D, Nixdorf R, Ryan G, Shamba D, Kalha J, Moran G, Hiltensperger R, Mahlke C, Puschner B, Repper J, Slade M, Mpango R.

Peer support for people with severe mental illness versus usual care in high-, middle-and low-income countries study protocol for a pragmatic, multicentre, randomised controlled trial (UPSIDES-RCT) Trials 21, 371 (2020). Galia S. Moran, Jasmine Kalha, Annabel S. Mueller-Stierlin, Reinhold Kilian, Silvia Krumm, Mike Slade, Ashleigh Charles, Candelaria Mahlke, Rebecca Nixdorf, David Basangwa, Juliet Nakku, Richard Mpango, Grace Ryan, Donat Shamba, Mary Ramesh, Fileuka Ngakongwa, Alina Grayzman, Soumitra Pathare, Benjamin Mayer & Bernd Puschner.

A systematic review of influences on implementation of peer support work for adults with mental health problems. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. Ibrahim, N., Thompson, D., Nixdorf, R., Kalha, J., Mpango, R., Moran, G., Mueller-Stierlin, A., Ryan, G., Mahlke, C., Shamba, D., Puschner, B., Repper, J., Slade, M.

Using Peer Support in Developing Empowering Mental Health Services (UPSIDES): Background, Rationale and Methodology. Annals of Global Health. 2019; 85(1): 53, 1–10.
Bernd Puschner, Julie Repper, Candelaria Mahlke, Rebecca Nixdorf, David Basangwa, Juliet Nakku, Grace Ryan, Dave Baillie, Donat Shamba, Mary Ramesh, Galia Moran, Max Lachmann, Jasmine Kalha, Soumitra Pathare, Annabel Müller-Stierlin, Mike Slade

Peer support and global mental health, Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 2018, 27(5), 413-414.
Bernd Puschner

Translations of scales used in the UPSIDES RCT

These are the translations of outcome measures that have been developed during the UPSIDES project. If a cell is empty, it means a translation was already freely available before the UPSIDES study. The scales are abbreviated below as follows:

Social Inclusion Measure (SIM), Empowerment Scale (ES), Stages of Recovery Instrument (STORI-30), brief INSPIRE (brief INSPIRE), Health of the Nation outcome scales (HoNos), Client Sociodemographic and Service Receipt Inventory (CSSRI), Threshold assessment grid (TAG), Mental Illness: Clinician’s Attitudes Scale (MICA-4), Recovery-oriented peer provider (ROPP), Resilience Scale for Adults (RSA-R).


GACD Annual Scientific Meeting by Rebecca Nixdorf: Download

GACD Annual Scientific Meeting by Ramona Hiltensperger: Download


Press release from the University Clinic Ulm about UPSIDES, February 2018: Download

UPSIDES Newsletters

Newsletter #1, July 2018: Download

Newsletter #2, December 2018: Download

Newsletter #3, July 2019: Download

Newsletter #4, March 2020: Download

Newsletter #5, June 2020: Download

Newsletter #6, December 2020: Download


Kohlmann, B (2020): My life in Corona times: Germany, May 20. In: Life during the Corona virus: view from the ground Vol. 3; Newsletter of the World Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR), pp. 12-13. Edited by M. Farkas, M. Borg, M. Lavdas. Boston, USA. Available online at http://www.wapr.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/3newsletterv4.pdf

Report on the Train-the-Trainer Workshop in Vienna, August 2020:

TTT-Workshop Vienna 2020


Interviews with Barbara and David, who are working as UPSIDES peer-support-workers in Ulm:




Report on the Train-the-Trainer Workshop in Tanzania, February 2019:



Poster on the implementation of UPSIDES: Download


DGPPN 2020 talks from UPSIDES members
Lion Gai Meir talks about Peer Support
Global webinar series on Peer Support
Train-the-Trainer Workshop Tanzania
Consortium Members

UPSIDES has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 779263. This website reflects only the authors’ view. The Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

Participating in MHIN – a global community of mental health innovators: www.mhinnovation.net

Participating in GACD – the leading research collaboration on chronic diseases worldwide: www.gacd.org


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