Peer Support in schools: Practical Tools to Get Started
10:00am – 11:00am
Informal peer support occurs naturally within a post-secondary campus environment. Students connect with their peers, relationships are formed, and young adults often turn to peers during times of need. Empowering students and utilizing the abilities they have in supporting one another effectively provides an opportunity for creating peer programs that are an effective intervention for individuals coping with mental health conditions. Furthermore, utilizing the student body to support campus mental health may help to alleviate the pressures that are placed on existing campus mental health supports.
The presenters will highlight the benefits of peer support on campus, the specifics of implementing such programs in a post-secondary setting and how collaborations with other partners can help campuses get started with their peer support program. You will also be guided through the journey of an Ontario post-secondary institution who successfully implemented peer support, and hear their advice and lesson learned along the way. An overview of our new Campus Peer Support Toolkit will also be provided.