The Peer Education Project is a school-based programme that aims to give young people the skills and knowledge they need to safeguard their mental health and that of their peers. The project equips staff to recruit and train a group of Peer Educators in their school, who deliver a syllabus of mental health lessons to their younger peers.
Through interactive exercises and group discussions, the project introduces mental health as something that we all have. It encourages students to think about ways to stay well and how to seek help and support friends. It also introduces common myths around mental health and the stigma and discrimination people experience as a result.
Following two years of successful implementation in England, the Peer Education Project was rolled out in two schools in Wales in 2017/18.