Mental Health Peer Mentors
A Mental Health Peer Mentor is an undergraduate or graduate student at the university who listens and provides social and emotional support to students (mentees) on campus in a one-on-one setting. A Peer Mentor can also help students practice various skills related to mental health, wellbeing and self-care (e.g., mindfulness routines). Peer mentorship is based on communication, empathy and understanding. Each of the Peer Mentors receives training in order to carry out their role effectively.
Mental Health Peer Mentors can provide:
- Emotional support by providing a listening ear;
- Support by practicing self-care skills (e.g. mindfulness, relaxation); and
- Support by practicing social skills (e.g. conversations in a nonjudgmental atmosphere, going to club and society events).
Peer Mentors can assist in creating a safe and comfortable environment for their mentee. Peer Mentors uphold confidentiality and maintain professionalism. A Peer Mentor can also offer other campus services and resources when the mentee is seeking additional forms of support.
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Mental Health Advisor
University of Ontario Institute of Technology