Mental health in school: Lucy's story
This Christmas, could you help to tackle the crisis in children's mental health?
From body image to exam worries, young people today are facing extraordinary pressures. At least three students in a typical classroom have a diagnosable mental health problem and many more are afraid to ask for help. This needs to change.
With our Peer Education Project, we are working to drive this change. Older students are trained as peer educators, to teach younger students about mental health.
Over the course of five sessions, year 7s, like Lucy, learn that we all have mental health. They learn ways to stay well, what they can do if they're struggling and how they might help friends who are having a tough time.
Because the programme is delivered by the older students, younger students often feel more comfortable asking questions and sharing their experiences as they feel they can relate well to their older peers.
Here's Lucy's letter, explaining how she found the Peer Education Project:
You can help more children like Lucy take part in the Peer Education Project, meaning more children will have the tools to understand, manage and sustain their mental health. 10,000 children have benefitted so far, but we want to take it to many more. Your donation could help us do this.