Peer to peer mental health and wellbeing programmes

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In July 2018 Healthwatch Hillingdon was awarded £6,582 from Partners for Health; a joint funding stream from London Catalyst and the Hospital Saturday Fund. The money was to fund the delivery of the Healthwatch Hillingdon Peer to Peer Mental Health Support Programmes in several schools in the borough, building on the success of the Hillingdon Community Trust funded pilot programme delivered at Barnhill Community High School in 2017/18.

The data collected evidences the success of the Healthwatch Hillingdon Peer to Peer Mental Health and Wellbeing Programmes. Results show an overall positive impact on those who participated in the (Direct Beneficiaries) and others in the school communities (Indirect Beneficiaries

Healthwatch attained positive results against intended outcomes in every school and at Uxbridge College. Delivery of the programmes also attained some unexpected positive outcomes. The Senior Leadership Team at Harlington School gave Direct Beneficiaries £500 to fund their campaign and extend it beyond the completion of the Healthwatch Hillingdon project.

 Following completion of the programme, Oakwood School Direct Beneficiaries continued to deliver mental health themed assemblies and created a mental health awareness video. Students providing the Peer Support Service at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy identified and reported several safeguarding issues which may not have otherwise come to light. The school has also contacted Healthwatch to enquire about paying for us to deliver a second round of training because the Peer Support Service has been so successful

Direct Beneficiaries from Uxbridge College are independently running a further mental health campaign for the college in 2020 and have asked for Healthwatch input. Students from the schools who participated in the programmes have joined Young Healthwatch Hillingdon.

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General details

Report title 
Peer to peer mental health and wellbeing programmes
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Hillingdon
Date of publication 
Thursday, 29 April, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Saturday, 1 April, 2017
Date evidence capture finished 
Tuesday, 31 March, 2020
Key themes 
Health and safety
Health promotion
Information providing

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
Engagement event
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Mental health
Types of long term conditions 
Mental health condition
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Not known
Age group 
Not known
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known
What type of impact was determined? 
Tangible impact (not cost related)

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.