UCS embarks on Peer Education Project

Today 15 pupils from UCS’s Year 12 contingent have embarked on their first steps to become peer educators as part of the Mental Health Foundation’s Peer Education Project.

UCS Director of Wellbeing, Miss Kumarasinghe, is spearheading this fantastic opportunity and explained that “the Peer Education Project is a brilliant programme that aims to give young people the skills and knowledge they need to look after their own mental health and that of their friends”.

She added: “I think some of the best people to teach about youth mental health are young people themselves, which is why we have dedicated time here at UCS to training our Year 12 pupils to deliver mental health lessons to our Year 7 pupils.”

Following their training, this group of pupils will fine-tune their lessons ready to deliver them to Year 7 classes in the new year.

Minnat Mohammed, a Year 12 pupil on the project, said: “The Peer Education Project is a really good opportunity for both us and the Year 7 pupils. I’m really looking forward to speaking to them and helping them learn about mental health, but also to learning more about it myself.”

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