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The Blurt Peer Project

The Blurt Peer Project is a ground-breaking, peer-led project focused on improving the mental health of young people aged 4-24, equipping them with essential tools to ultimately achieve happier, healthier, and fulfilled lives.

We’re working with students at our partner schools, colleges and universities, training them up to be mental health trailblazers, who’ll then share their learning with fellow students, through engaging activities, education and events. Research has shown that young people prefer this stuff to come from their peers as they feel better-able to identify with them.

Applications for the 2020/2021 school year (beginning in September 2020), are closing on July 19th 2020! Submit your application and join us before then!

"The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they - at some distant point in the future - will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely... because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties." - Alvin Toffler

Why We’re Doing This

Youth mental health problems are on the rise, however 3/4 of young people with a diagnosable condition do not get the support they need. Even without having a mental health condition, young people will face a whole bucket-load of challenges that can range from friendship break-ups or exam stress, to family breakdowns, bereavement or bullying. 

These challenges can have a huge impact on all areas of life – an impact that is worsened when a young person hasn’t been taught ways to look after their mental wellbeing, or been given the opportunity to develop resilience skills and healthy coping mechanisms. This lack of knowledge continues into adulthood too, as young people grow into adults who don’t have the skills that could help them cope with the highs and the lows that life inevitably brings.

 Unfortunately, often due to funding cuts, schools aren’t always in a position to be able to deliver lessons on mental health, wellbeing, resilience or self-care. 

That’s Where We Come In

Everyone has mental health. As such, we should all have access to the knowledge and tools we need to look after it, irrespective of whether we have a mental health problem. 

The Blurt Peer Project aims to support young people to proactively look after their wellbeing, and teach their peers about mental health and self-care. In doing so, they’ll contribute to a society where we all feel able to think and talk about mental health. 

We’ll do this by working with Primary schools, Secondary schools, Colleges and Universities, delivering training and resources that focus on:

  •  Raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing
  • Supporting students to develop tools and strategies for managing their own mental health 
  • Training students to become peer leaders
  • Empowering young people to develop peer networks within their educational settings

There are no costs to take part in the programme, but unfortunately we can’t cover the cost of any materials used by schools.

“Our job is obvious: We need to get out of the way, shine a light, and empower a new generation to teach itself and to go further and faster than any generation ever has.” - Seth Godin

How Will It Work?

In Schools

Once you’ve signed your school up to The Blurt Peer Project you’ll receive access to our training materials and resources. We’ll work with you to ensure that the needs of your students/institution are being met, and help you to make best use of the resources. 

Primary Schools:

You’ll be delivering lessons that focus on topics such as:

  • Understanding Mental Health
  • Self Care
  • Self-Kindness – and kindness to others
  • Building Resilience
  • Tackling Stigma

Our Primary School Information Sheet explains the project in a little more detail.

Secondary Schools:

Our amazing University volunteers, or your older students, will complete our e-learning modules, and then deliver lessons to your students on topics such as:

  • Understanding Mental Health
  • Self Care
  • Building Resilience
  • Tackling Stigma
  • Creating Wider Change

Once the Primary or Secondary School students have worked through the resources and training – it’s time for them to create their own project! Again, we’ll be there to support them in developing and delivering this project, offering advice and ideas where needed.

Once the students have completed the project, they’ll each receive a certificate to celebrate their achievement.

Our hope is that students who have completed The Blurt Peer Project will go on to run more projects that help to equip their peers with the knowledge and tools they need to look after their mental health.

Please note: though we’ll try our best to match schools with a college or university, this may not always be possible. In these circumstances we will chat to you about an alternative way to run the project.

Our Secondary School Information Sheet explains the project in a little more detail.

In Colleges and Universities

Once you’ve signed your College or University group up to The Blurt Peer Project you’ll receive access to our training materials and resources. We’ll help you to make best use of the resources to deliver training to your peers. Our training focuses on topics such as:

  • Understanding Mental Health
  • Self Care
  • Building Resilience
  • Tackling Stigma
  • Creating Wider Change

You’ll have the option of running the project within your institution and/or linking up with a local school to deliver training to their students. Regardless of what you choose, we’ll be there to support, advise and cheer you on. There are no costs involved in taking part in the programme, and we are able to cover expenses in line with our expenses policy.

Our hope is that students who have completed The Blurt Peer Project will go on to run more projects that help to equip people with the knowledge and tools they need to look after their mental health.

Please note: though we’ll try our best to match schools with a college or university, this may not always be possible. In these circumstances we will chat to you about an alternative way to run the project.

Our University Information Sheet explains the project in a little more detail.

Our Aims

The Blurt Peer Project aims to:

  • Increase the number of young people between the ages of 4 and 24 who feel empowered to talk about their mental health with their peers.
  • Increase self-care and resilience in young people, equipping them to handle the challenges they may face during childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
  • Develop leadership, communication and social skills among Peer Leaders.
  • Improve the confidence, behaviour, attainment, attendance and achievements of young people in the institutions.

"Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean." - Ryunosuke Satoro

Join Us

We’re incredibly excited to be working with some brilliant institutions and some wonderful people – and we’d love for you to join the project too.

You can get your School, College or University involved by signing up below. Need a bit more information first? No problem at all. We have a bumper-list of questions that we’ve been asked and answered, or you can request more information using the button below too.

Applications for the 2020/2021 school year (beginning in September 2020), are now closed to Schools and Colleges. If you’d like to volunteer with us as a University student, please drop us an email.

If you’d like to stay up-to-date with all of our Peer Project developments and the amazing things that our Schools, Colleges and Universities are doing, then please pop your details here.

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