The UBCO Peer Support Network (PSN) was founded in 2014 and is a space on campus where students can come and speak with a peer about a challenge, struggle, and/or personal hardship they may be facing. As a paraprofessional service, the PSN does not diagnose or treat mental illness and is not a substitute for services provided by health professionals (e.g., counselors, psychologists, social workers, physicians). Rather than giving advice, volunteers will be there to provide welcoming, confidential, and empathetic peer-based support using active listening and resource referral. Along side the Women’s Resource Center and the Pride Resource Center, the Network will strive to ensure that no student feels alone no matter what concern they are struggling with and will aim to increase awareness of mental health and wellness within the campus community.
To provide the above-mentioned service and to achieve its goals, the PSN operates by the following values:
For more information about the Peer Support Network, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.