Peer Support Program
Peer Support Program
What is the SLC Peer Support Program?
The SLC Peer Support Program is a student led program that provides mental and emotional health support for students that are seeking immediate support from their peers. The peers providing support are SLC students and designated Peer Support Workers. The Peer Support Workers have lived experience with overcoming and managing mental and emotional difficulties of all different kinds and are available to help you learn to do the same. The Peer Support Workers are also trained and have acquired the needed skills to be an effective and helpful Peer Support Worker to best support you during your difficult time.
Our Peer Support Workers have experienced and overcome difficulties and hardships in many different areas, including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, performance anxiety, test anxiety, interpersonal relationships (friendship, romantic relationships, breakups), school-life balance, LGBTQ, parental divorce, family problems, addictions, and many others!
It is important to know that while the Peer Support Workers are trained in providing mental and emotional support to peers, they are not professionals. Peer Support Workers are also trained in recognizing when professional support is needed; thus, on a case by case basis, you may be referred to a professional or student services employee for professional assistance.
How to Meet with a Peer Support Worker
Are you going through a hard time? Do you wish you could talk to someone who has walked in your shoes? Someone who knows what it’s like to struggle, to go through a hard time, but overcome it? If you are interested in meeting with one of the SLC Peer Support Workers, send an email to email@example.com. In the email, please briefly state the general reason for seeking support to allow us to match you with the Peer Support Worker with the most experience in this area.
How to Become a Peer Support Worker
We are always looking for new Peer Support Workers with different experience to join our team. If you are selected as a Peer Support Worker, you will be taught many new important skills; however, there are some natural qualities that people have that often make them a good peer support worker:
- A personal experience with a mental health difficulty or diagnosis or experience overcoming hardship
- A belief that people with mental illness and diagnoses can and do recover
- A desire to help others
- A good listener
- Reliable and committed
- Able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes (utilize empathy)
- Currently in mental stable health
In addition, it is also important to think about whether you have enough time in your school and personal schedule to commit to being a Peer Support Worker. Peer Support Workers must complete 5 hours of training as well as commit 1-2 hours a week to provide peer support. In addition, monthly meetings with the Peer Support supervisor are mandatory, often occurring on Thursdays between 1 and 2.
If you are interested in apply to become a Peer Support Worker, please send an email and express your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need immediate help, consult our List of Help Centres, which provide contacts for counselling and crisis services available 24/7.