Peer-to-Peer model for schools
In the spring and summer of 2018 the foundation began meeting with staff at the South Kingstown High School, Narragansett High School, The Prout School and Amherst College regarding implementing the Peer-to-Peer programs for the 2018-19 school year. We will continue to add schools each year with hopes of bringing this important program to schools and communities throughout the state, region and beyond.
July 2018 Update: Both South Kingstown and Narragansett High School will participate in the Peer-to-Peer program for the 2018-19 school year.
September 2018 Update: Student Peer-to-Peer team members attend an all-day training conference the last week in September and begin to build their mental health awareness campaign to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma of mental illness and increase the likelihood of early detection and help-seeking.
June 2019 Update: The Peer-to-Peer program at South Kingstown and Narragansett high schools was a tremendous success, reaching more than 1500 students and staff. Also, Amherst College’s Mental Health and Wellness Team piloted a program called ProjectConnect to help reduce anxiety as students develop friendships across identities and social groups.
Work is continuing to bring the Peer-to-Peer programs to more high schools, middle schools and colleges.