U-Thrive & Active Minds
Peer-to-Peer Wellness Curriculum
Research has shown that peer-to-peer support is a highly effective intervention for reducing anxiety and depression among college students (Huang et al. meta-analysis, 2018). In fact, 67% of college students tell a friend they are struggling with their mental health before telling anyone else. (Albright & Schwartz, 2017).
U-Thrive Educational Services is proud to partner with Active Minds, the nation’s premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for young adults, to offer our Peer-to-Peer Wellness Curriculum. The U-Thrive & Active Minds Peer-To-Peer Wellness Curriculum is designed to:
- Support college student mental health by cultivating a sense of connection among students and their campus community regarding their individual mental well-being.
- Provide a shared language to discuss mental health and how it affects everyone.
- Reduce barriers among campus members (including students, faculty, administrators, and staff) to initiate and continue conversations about mental health.
This curriculum provides students with an opportunity to create community and learning through engagement with peers around the important topic of mental health. It can be utilized by residential assistants, peer mentors, orientation leaders, or other peer-to-peer groups and provides tailored resources, a consistent structure, and open-ended questions mapping to five focus areas:
Curriculum Content by Module
The topic for the module.
Identifies which of the five focus areas this module is most closely aligned.
Highlights what participants can anticipate learning upon completion of the module.
Helps to develop connection, encourage engagement, and open discussion on mental well-being among participants.
Includes general commentary on subject matter, main points, and discussion prompts to facilitate meaningful conversation as well as recommended activities for participants to allow for a fully engaged experience.
Encourages conversation and debrief content to promote learning. The most amount of time in each module is allocated for discussion.
Recommendations on ways students can take what they discuss outside of the group and to the campus community.