The Mental Health Foundation is a British charity that provides information, carries out research, and campaigns to improve services for people affected by mental health problems.
The charity asked the team at Clinton Smith to help in the design and production of items for their new ‘Peer Education Project‘ – a school-based programme that aims to give young people the skills and knowledge they need to safeguard their mental health, and that of their peers. This involved training Year 12 pupils (16-17) to teach Year 7 (11-12) about a mental health and well being syllabus.
This included the design of a Year 7 brochure, which had 5 interactive workshop lessons – in a style that was visually approachable and not daunting for the difficult topic being discussed. In conjunction with this we produced a Year 12 handbook to support the students teaching the younger pupils – this included a Powerpoint slide presentation for each lesson which was on a branded USB card. A teacher manual was also produced for the school staff.
All of the above literature was used in training and delivering the Peer Education Project by the Mental Health Foundation in UK schools.