An update on our Peer Education Project

Our Peer Education Project (PEP) continues to grow nationwide. PEP 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.

Since the launch of the project’s dedicated website in Spring 2019, getting involved has become much easier for participating schools – schools can sign up, book onto staff training, access all the project materials and order printed workbooks all in one place.

The PEP website also provides a hub of useful resources to support the project. We are increasingly supporting schools to use PEP as a starting point for a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing.

In addition to our tried and tested face-to-face sessions, since Summer 2019 we have been offering staff training via webinar. The webinar training option allows school staff to access these online sessions from wherever they are based, reducing the time and travel commitment for those taking part. Staff training sessions are available regularly throughout the year, and we have already set dates for the Spring term.

Over the last year, our team in the Glasgow office have been delivering a pilot of the project in Scotland, to understand how well the project works in Scottish schools. The pilot, which is now coming to a close, has been very well received by both students and staff. In the new year, we hope to strengthen our presence in schools in Scotland, with a staff training session in Glasgow already arranged for February.

In recent weeks, the project team has been busy reviewing the core project materials with young people to ensure they are as up to date as possible. The review also allows us to act upon the evaluation feedback we have received from the 2018-2019 cohort of schools and the pilot project in Scotland. A new and updated set of project materials will be rolled out in Spring 2020.

To find out more about the project or get involved, you can visit here or email schools@mentalhealth.org.uk

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