Understanding why kindness matters and how it can be shown to ourselves and others is a great way you can help young people improve and maintain their mental health and wellbeing.
In April 2020, we worked with YouGov to conduct an online survey of adults in the UK.1 We found that 63% agree that when other people are kind, it positively affects their mental health, and the same proportion agree that being kind to others positively affects their mental health. Studies have also found that being kind is linked to increased feelings of happiness, wellbeing, and life satisfaction2–6 for people of all ages.7–8
Peer Learner - Peer Education Project
Helping others and being kind is about recognising when they need help and putting yourself out there, even if it’s not what you want to do.
The Mental Health Foundation’s Peer Education Project is a Secondary School-based project that gives older pupils the tools to deliver mental health lessons to younger pupils.
The project has worked with pupils and staff from participating Secondary Schools to create the Why Kindness Matters School Pack, which is available for all schools across the UK.
This school pack will provide the materials and resources needed to support pupils to understand why kindness matters and how to show it to themselves and those around them. The pack is designed to be used in secondary schools, but it also has lots of useful information for primary schools. It's available in English and Welsh.
The pack includes:
A lesson plan with PowerPoint slides and a script, as well as accompanying worksheets that have the option for greater individual pupil engagement on the topic.
An assembly plan with PowerPoint slides and script supports the development of a whole-school approach to kindness and mental health.
Helpful guides for pupils, school staff, and parents/caregivers on why kindness is good for our own and others’, mental health and wellbeing, as well as top tips on how to show kindness to ourselves and those around us, together with useful resources.
Register for our pack
This pack is available for all schools free of charge.
We’d encourage all schools to use this pack to support our charitable work by making a suggested £5 donation.