Wellbeing Champions can be students, staff or parents that champion emotional wellbeing and positive mental health within the school setting and wider community. Champions drive forward positive change and positive support for the whole school. They break down stigma and barriers to receiving support. We have developed an in house 6 session programme to up-skill champions, which includes building skills such as listening, communication and empathy. This prepares the champions to promote positive health and wellbeing through-out the school.
What are the key benefits of peer support?
Greater perceived empathy and respect
Increased levels of self-esteem
Improved confidence in themselves
Positive feelings that they are doing good
Improvement in their own ability to cope mental health problems
Further information and support
Information on the benefits of peer support- https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/p/peer-support
How to set up a peer support group- https://www.mind.org.uk/media/4208527/9-peer-hub-tool-kit-leaflet-feb-16-pdf.pdf
An anti-stigma campaign run by Mind and Rethink https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/champions