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The Mental Health

Peer Mentoring Programme

Our Mental Health Peer Mentoring Programme is ran in partnership with Minds Ahead. It is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health and provides students the opportunity to earn a Level 2 Award in Peer Mentoring.

By taking part in this programme, students will be able to:

  • Appreciate that mental health and wellbeing fluctuates
  • Know how to protect good mental health for themselves and their peers
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of poor or declining mental health in themselves and their peers
  • Support their own mental health in challenging, stressful or changing situations
  • Apply a range of listening, questioning and other mentoring skills

How it Works

School or college staff will deliver this qualification after a ‘train the trainer’ style induction. They will be given training materials, delivery notes, ideas, suggestions and an assessment booklet to give to students, who will complete this and submit online to Minds Ahead for marking.

You can contact Minds Ahead throughout the year for support. All course materials will be provided through The Lily-Jo Project’s online curriculum platform.

What Students & Teachers Have to Say

“The peer mentoring course has been a brilliant way to explore situations and reflect on wellbeing in all forms in a comfortable open space, which I have really enjoyed. It has heightened my own self awareness and  overall sensitivity whilst also being a great forum for developing self leadership skills. We have been able to discuss the variation of mental health and redefine with clarity the factors that impact it as well as contributing our own ideas in a collaborative way. These sessions have given me the opportunity to refine my communications skills and have introduced us to coping strategies and helpful devices for supporting others and ourselves. All of which I have consequently been more mindful of in my own experiences as well being able to suggest to others.”

– Year 12 Student

“We have LOVED doing this course. The materials, tasks and reflection is having a huge impact not only on the students who are doing the course, but also on the younger members of our school community who they are mentoring. Our students have learnt and gained so much (so have I) it is such an incredible way to better understand mental health, ourselves and how we can start to support others. They have developed mentoring / coaching skills but also strategies to support and develop their own resilience, mental health and self leadership skills. One student was telling me they are using some of the positive thinking strategies as they get nearer to their Y12 mocks. I am sure there are many others who are applying what they have learnt in practical ways in their own lives too. I think everyone should do this course!”

– Dom Jones, Dame Alice Owen’s School.

Learn More About the Benefits of Peer Mentoring

Interested? Download the Informational Brochure to Learn More and Get Started!