CWP peer mentors raring to go #StandUpCWP

WIRRAL CAMHS PEER MENTOR PROJECT

The CAMHS Peer Mentor project is a mental health education and stigma reduction programme that will directly reach over 3,200 young people in Wirral in one school year.  It was an idea suggested by young service users who believed that Peer Mentors would have helped them identify their own mental health needs earlier than they did. This would have helped them understand where to get help and support.

Wirral CAMHS’ primary mental health workers and assistant psychologists have trained 10 young people from five secondary schools to become peer mentors.

They have been trained in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and educated about their role and the responsibilities as a peer mentor.

Each school’s peer mentors have designed anti-stigma and psycho-educational lesson plans for year 9 pupils in their school.  Over the next few months, they will be delivering their lessons to Year 9 PSHE classes to tackle stigma, increase resilience and awareness on mental health among their peers.

The Peer Mentors were asked for their idea’s for a hashtag to promote their roles and mental health awareness on Wirral.  They decided on #StandUpCWP.

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