Peer Power – Student Gatekeeper Training Programme
1. Enhance teachers’ and students’ knowledge on mental health problems;
2. Build a friendly and supportive school climate which encourages mutual support; and
3. Promote positive coping and help-seeking culture at the participating secondary schools
Roles of Peer Leaders
1. Enhance the knowledge about mental health and positive thinking patterns among teachers and students in the school
2. Encourage peers to seek help from adults when they encounter difficulties, andpromote a friendly and supportive school culture
3. Disseminate messages that promote mental health in schools and strengthen positive attitudes and behaviors in the face of problems
The programme provides school-based and joint-school training activities. With diversified activities, such as teamwork, experiential learning, art work, role play, group discussion and problem-solving tasks, students gain a better understanding of personal mental health and learn to recognise and care about the emotional needs of peers. The programme also encourages students to seek help from adults who are trustworthy necessary.
To raise the awareness of all teachers and students on mental health, peer leaders organise various promotional activities on mental health in schools after the training. Besides, to better prepare teachers and parents to taking up the role of "gatekeeper" for the mental health of their students/children, school-based briefing session, joint-school workshops for advisors of peer leaders, and parent talks are also arranged for the participating schools.
May & June of every year
Joint-school workshop for advisors of peer leaders
School-based Workshop for Peer Leaders
Joint School Team Building Day Camp for Peer Leaders
Mental Health Promotion Activities
Closing Ceremony cum Parent Talk