Who are Peer Helpers?
K-12 students, who have been taught core skills in order to help identify and support their at-risk classmates. They offer their fellow students encouragement and assistance with any challenges they may be facing. Peer Helpers serve as tutors, mentors, mediators, and advocates for their peers, and assist new students in transitioning between schools and communities.
Why are they important?
According to cdc.gov, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-34, and 1-in-5 youth (ages 13-18), lives with a mental health condition.
When a young person is experiencing a crisis, they typically reach out to their peers for support long before turning to an adult. The Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation is devoted to promoting the mental health of our youth, and empowering them to advocate for one another.
Explore this page to learn more about the PeerHelpers Program, and how you can implement it in your own school system.