The Peer Education Project (PEP) is an evidence-based, peer-led, mental health education programme, available to all UK and international British secondary schools.
Currently, registrations to new schools have been paused.
We, as the Mental Health Foundation, have made the decision to move the project to a free, open-access model. This aligns with our charitable objective of ensuring everyone has access to accurate mental health information, especially those at greater risk of experiencing poor mental health.
This free, open-access model will be available in November 2023 from the main Mental Health Foundation's website.
Get in touch via the contact us form if you wish to be notified when the project resources become available.
Pupils aged 14 and above are trained by school staff to deliver a minimum of five mental health lessons to pupils aged 11 to 13.
For Peer Educators:
Improved public speaking and leadership skills.
Increased self-confidence and esteem.
Greater knowledge about mental health and other related topics.
Improved organisation skills.
Work experience placement opportunity with the Mental Health Foundation.
Accredited for the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The Mental Health Foundation is licensed as an Approved Activity Provider by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for the Volunteering section.
For Peer Learners:
Increased understanding of what mental health is, and the risk and protective factors to mental health.
Better understanding of how to look after their own mental health.
Greater awareness of sources of support for themselves and others.
For your School:
A visible commitment to creating a mentally healthy school culture.
An opportunity to build upon existing role-modelling, mentoring, and social networks within the school.
Develop a relationship with a UK-wide mental health charity, with opportunities to be involved in content creation, press requests, fundraising and promotional activities such as photos.
"We would like to thank the Mental Health Foundation for giving us the opportunity to take part in this scheme as it has enabled us to not just teach others but also to learn ourselves."
Peer EducatorWatford Grammar School for Girls
“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 EducatorThe Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School
“Mental health is not ‘an add on’ or a one off it is something that has to be developed and worked on by all staff …the Peer education Project continues to build the culture of openness and acceptance that has been developed in the school.”
Staff leadUpper Wharfedale School
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