Dedicated to improving mental health in schools

Peer Education Project

The Mental Health Foundation’s low-cost, carefully researched, mental health educational programme.

Want to improve the mental health literacy of your pupils?

For £100+VAT, register for the Peer Education Project (PEP) - an evidence-based, universal mental health education programme that is available to all secondary schools in the UK and international British Schools.

How does PEP work?

Deliver PEP in 4 simple steps- we provide all the resources and support you need!

Staff Training Mental Health

Step 1

School staff complete a series of online training videos.

Peer Education Project

Step 2

The trained school staff select and train older pupils, known as Peer Educators, using our detailed training plan.

Year 7 Lessons Mental Health

Step 3

Older pupils deliver the five lessons to younger pupils, known as Peer Learners, using our detailed lesson plans.

Continuing the Mental Health Conversation


The project can form part of a whole-school approach to mental health. We provide additional resources to continue the conversation across the school.

What are the benefits of PEP?

For Peer Educators:

For Peer Learners:

For your School:

The Mental Health Foundation is licensed as an Approved Activity Provider by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for the Volunteering section. Peer Educators can achieve the Bronze or Silver DofE Award for their role in the Peer Education Project.​

Watch this video to find out more about PEP

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Embed crucial mental health knowledge within your curriculum and support a whole-school approach to positive mental health and wellbeing.

Introduce PEP to your school!

Not sure if PEP is right for your school?

Feedback from PEP pupils