18 Apr 2016

18 of Girlguiding Midlands Peer Educators attended a special training day for Girlguiding’s new mental wellbeing and resilience badge programme in Sheffield in March.

They joined 100 fellow peer educators from across the country at the event to receive training on how to deliver the new badge to girls in the Region.

Developed by Girlguiding with support from youth mental health experts YoungMinds, Think Resilient uses interactive activities to help girls find positive ways of dealing with pressures and challenges in their lives.The resource comes after the latest Girlguiding research revealed the dire state of UK girls’ mental wellbeing, and will be delivered by young women in a supportive peer environment.

Megan Thomas, Region Peer Education Co ordinator for Girlguiding Midlands, said: “It was great to see so many peer educators there learning about this important issue and we are all looking forward to delivering this new programme. ”

The Region’s 70 Peer Educators will run sessions for girls across the UK, helping girls to understand what resilience means, introducing techniques for positive thinking, celebrating their strengths and achievements, and identifying their support networks. Sessions will be run in a fun and interactive way, with activities tailored to different age groups. Activities include learning self-calming techniques and responding to ‘agony aunt’ letters by breaking problems down into small, solvable steps.