Raising awareness towards Mental Health continues to be a priority here at King’s. During Mental Health Awareness Week we celebrated the end of our Peer Education Project sessions, for this academic year.
The Peer Education Project is now well-established and we look forward to our Sixth Form students working with pupils in the Lower Years again next year. There have been some strong relationships forged during these sessions between our Sixth Form “Educators” and the Lower Years pupils.
The Lower Years (L4& U4) pupils were full of praise for the sessions they had recieved:
‘I thought the project was great and it has definitely helped me. I’d like to do it again next year.’
‘The sessions have helped me to be more confident in myself and to trust the people around me.’
‘It was really good and calming and it taught me that there are lots of people with anxiety and stress.’
‘I learnt a lot about what to do when I feel alone.’
‘Talking about our Mental health is normal.’
We are delighted to also celebrate that Upper Sixth student Thomas has been awarded a Peer Educator work placement with the Mental Health Foundation. After a highly competitive application process, his training begins this week and will run throughout the summer.
Thomas U6 said “I have found being a Peer Education Leader an enriching experience this academic year. We’ve presented a course of five lessons to the students in Lower Fourth, covering important topics relating to many different aspects of mental health. I particularly enjoyed the class discussions as they allowed students to showcase their ideas in an environment without stigmas or judgement, and hopefully, this will be something that can be continued in future conversations about Mental Health as a result of my work on the peer education project.”
Find out more about the Peer Education Project.