I Support My Friends Resource Kit


The I Support My Friends resource kit has been developed to give facilitators a comprehensive package of tools and resources to best equip children and adolescents in safe and effective peer support, together with adult mentors. It provides guidance and tools for preparing, designing, and implementing trainings with children and adolescents in how to support a friend in distress. The resource kit also includes guidance for appropriate adult supervision to ensure the physical and emotional safety of child and adolescent helpers and the friends they support.

The four-part resource kit was jointly-developed by UNICEF, Save the Children, the MHPSS Collaborative and WHO.

The resource kit is comprised of:

1. Theory and Implementation Guide

Presents an overview of key concepts and the theoretical foundation of I Support My Friends. It describes the ethical considerations and child-safeguarding actions that need to be in place to protect children’s best interests and their physical and emotional safety. It also outlines the roles and responsibilities and expected skills and competencies of trusted adults who mentor child and adolescent peer supporters.

The Spanish version is available here.



2. Training Manual

Outlines a three-day, step-by-step training in I Support My Friends, including case studies, stories and a list of required materials. The manual includes tools to support the preparation and implementation of the training. Some of the tools correspond to worksheets that participants will use during the training (these are marked with a footnote).

The Spanish version is available here.



3. Participants Workbook

 Contains the worksheets to be used by participants in the training. Each participant should receive their own workbook, which contains information, activities and space for notes and drawings.

The Spanish version is available here.



4. Manual for Training of Facilitators and Focal Points

This is in progress currently and will include the materials needed to build the capacity of the adult facilitators and Focal Point(s) who will implement the training for children and adolescents. Once field tested, the package will include a training manual, agenda, PowerPoint slides and other guiding materials.

The Spanish version is available here.




Click here to join the “I Support My Friends” group to connect with others who are using the materials and methodology.

Watch the video featuring the launch of the I Support My Friends resource kit.



Watch the video featuring the voices of peers and facilitators who have used the I Support My Friends training resources and approach.