Peer Education Project (PEP)

The Peer Education Project is a secondary school based, educational programme that aims to give young people the skills and knowledge they need to safeguard their mental health, and that of their peers.

We believe that there is a basic level of knowledge and skill that everyone needs around their own mental health. By teaching every pupil about mental health, we hope that they will be equipped to meet the challenges they and their friends will encounter in life.

“From my own personal experience working in the programme, it has helped me gain an understanding of everyone’s individual viewpoints, and helped me to explore new perspectives and ideas about mental health.” Peer Educator

Online PEP platform

Our online PEP platform is designed to be your one-stop-shop to the project – providing all the resources you will need to introduce the project into your school curriculum. Click below to find out more about the project and register your school today!

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The project was born out of the idea that a key source of support to young people is their peer group within the school environment.

How does it work?

There are three stages to the implementation of the Peer Education Project:

  1. Staff training – school staff attend a virtual training session, which covers the key concepts, project structure and materials. By training school staff to deliver the project in their own schools, the project aims to build capacity within schools to run the project year-on-year.

  2. Peer Educator recruitment and training – trained school staff recruit and train a group of Peer Educators (older pupils). Each Peer Educator will receive a printed handbook, lesson plans and powerpoint slides to help them run the lessons. 

  3. Lesson delivery - working in pairs or small groups, the trained Peer Educators deliver the five lessons to Peer Learners (Year 7/8/S1 pupils). Each Peer Learner will receive a printed workbook containing key information and worksheets.

By training older pupils to deliver mental health lessons to younger pupils, the project aims to bypass the walls many young people put up when being taught such nuanced, personal topics by adults whom they feel are detached from their personal experiences.

"I think it was easier that they were close to our age – they understood our feelings a bit more." – Peer Learner

What does the project teach?

  • Mental health is something we all have, like physical health, and moves along a spectrum.
  • The risk and protective factors to our mental health, including dispelling common myths around mental health.
  • The ways to look after our mental health and wellbeing, and where to seek help when needed.
  • The ways we can support our peers.

Online PEP platform

Our online PEP platform is designed to be your one-stop-shop to the project – providing all the resources you will need to introduce the project into your school curriculum. Click below to find out more about the project and register your school today!

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Continuing the Conversation

Embedding this crucial mental health knowledge within the curriculum can support a whole-school approach to positive mental health and wellbeing, as well as directly creating a learning opportunity for senior pupils. We support and direct schools to additional resources which can help build upon the project and develop a mentally healthy school culture.

“We learnt how to discuss mental health in a concise yet honest way as well as being able to bridge the age gap between sixth form and lower school which has been extremely rewarding.”

Online PEP platform

Our online PEP platform is designed to be your one-stop-shop to the project – providing all the resources you will need to introduce the project into your school curriculum. Click below to find out more about the project and register your school today!

Find out more now

 

Contact us

We are currently working to bring the project to more schools around the UK. Get in touch with us if you'd like to take part, or to find out more about what's involved.

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