Peer Support in Schools
What We Do
- Buckinghamshire Mind’s Peer Support in Schools service is one of a range of services offered by Buckinghamshire Mind. This service is available to both primary and secondary schools in Buckinghamshire.
- Our Youth Services team will deliver a one days training to sixth formers or Year 5/6 in mental health awareness and help them become Peer Supporters to the students in younger years. This training includes Mental Health Awareness and key aspects of their role, such as their Responsibilities, Communication and Listening Skills and Safeguarding.
- We will also help and support school staff to set up and run the Peer Support Service in school. For example, prepping assemblies, signposting, reminders of upcoming events such as world mental health day, coffee mornings and top up workshops. Schools can then add to this with, for example, ‘How to resolve friendship conflict’ or ‘Coping strategies for exam pressures’.
- Different schools use different names, some call them ‘buddies’, ‘believers’ or ‘peer listeners’ but their role is universal. Furthermore, some schools work on a drop in room basis or some work on a referral basis – this is solely down to how the schools wants to work it!
- We want to empower, not only Peer Supporters, but the whole school in tackling the stigma behind mental health, and encourage students to seek support as and when they need it.
Feedback from our Service
‘Because peer mentors are students I feel as though I can connect with my mentor – I guess it means we are able to understand each other very well and I am very comfortable discussing my thoughts and feelings with him’ – Aylesbury Grammar School
‘It was a great opportunity to discuss our thoughts surrounding mental health and how to be good mentors’ – Aylesbury High School
‘You realise how many ways you can help people and it has widened my mental health awareness’ – St Mary’s CofE School, Amersham
‘Bucks Mind came in and provided our school with invaluable information and training about mental health and wellbeing. The children really engaged with the trainers and took on board the importance of this subject.’ – Teacher, Iver Heath Junior School
How to Access the Service