Value of Peer-Led Projects in Youth Resilience and Wellbeing – London Event

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Natasha speaks at Mindkit July 2017 event

On 6th July, the Mindkit Youth Wellbeing Project delivered a successful conference in central London, called ‘Peer Led Projects in Youth Resilience and Wellbeing: What is their Value?’

Attended by a select group of 50 external stakeholders from across London working in commissioning, mental health, youth teams and services, schools and colleges, the event included talks, presentations and workshop discussion. Presenters included Goldsmiths, University of London (Mindkit’s external evaluator), young people with lived experience of emotional wellbeing difficulties, Mindkit and the mindfulness app creators, Headspace.

To date, Mindkit’s 150 Volunteer Youth Trainers have delivered more than 400 Wellbeing and Resilience Sessions to over 16,000 young people in schools, colleges and youth organisations in five London boroughs.

Interim evaluation results presented by Goldsmiths showed a statistically significant increase in young people’s understanding about mental health and wellbeing after a Mindkit session. Schools and organisations receiving sessions indicated that the lived experience of the young trainers and how they share their personal story is a key factor in sessions and content being received so well by young people. Volunteer youth trainers delivering the Mindkit sessions have reported increased confidence and skills, with a large number entering exciting paid employment opportunities.

Through workshops, people attending the conference identified and discussed the wide-ranging benefits of youth, peer-led preventative emotional wellbeing projects like Mindkit.

These included:

  • young people being more likely to accept advice from other young people
  • peer trainers using the same language as young people
  • young trainers being more relatable, showing a better understanding of the pressures young people face and being seen as authentic.

Workshop participants fed back that there is a need for youth, peer-led preventative mental health sessions in their localities.

Goldsmiths, University of London’s final evaluation report for Mindkit will be published in the Autumn 2017. Please contact Natasha Cock on 07764 967 930 or at natasha.cock@blmind.org.uk if you would like a copy of this or material from the conference.