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The Blurt Peer Project

The Blurt Peer Project, supported by the Aviva Community Fund, is a groundbreaking, peer-led project focused on improving the mental health of young people aged 5-24, equipping them with essential tools to ultimately achieve happier, healthier and fulfilled lives.

We’ll be collaborating with primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, sixth forms and universities from the get-go; at every stage of development and delivery, we’ll co-produce the content with young people. 

"Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful." - Shery Mead, 2003

Empowering Young People

Young people have a valuable perspective, infectious effervescence and ideas in plentiful supply.

We have lofty plans for the project, spurred on by what we’re hearing from young people and from the people around them; there’s a shared passion to improve understanding and increase awareness of mental health.

Young people are the future and their experiences, ideas and feedback will play a vital role in helping the project to evolve – this is extremely important to us, that we’re empowering young people who in turn will empower, encourage and educate others. It is all about young people sharing knowledge, information and ideas with other young people to promote wellbeing and achieve better health and education outcomes.  

We’ll continue to work with young people in every aspect of this project and the delivery will be unique to each educational setting as we value the differing experience and viewpoints each peer leader will bring.

"We teach best what we most need to learn." - Richard Bach

Let's Work Together

Once we’ve been contacted by a school, college or university, we’ll work with them to recruit peer leaders. Young people, who are interested in being a peer leader,  can also get in touch to nominate their school, college, or university. We’ll work with peer leaders to equip them with the training and resources they’ll need. Training will be on understanding mental health, building resilience, proactive self-care, and a whole bunch of other related topics. We’ll also help build the skills they need to become Peer Leaders.  

Once this training phase is over and they’re ready to be mental health champions, we will support the Peer Leaders to design and deliver activities and information to the rest of their school, college or uni. There is a lot of scope around what this could look like – it could be anything from starting a club or society and speaking in assemblies to putting on an event, organising a regular wellbeing email, making podcasts or running creative activities… and much more!

We’re passionate that this will be a co-produced project; we’ll work with staff and young people to ensure that what we’re doing encapsulates the needs, capacity and ideas of everyone involved. 

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like more information, are a young person who would like to be involved or are a school who’d like to sign-up to The Blurt Peer Project – we’d love to hear from you!

The Blurt Team
Project Lead: Grace Jeremy – [email protected]

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