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Peer Support Program

Peer Support aims to create a safe, inviting space where students can discuss student-life concerns with a trained peer supporter who can listen, validate, and refer. Peer Support is a collaboration of the Student Wellness Centre, Graduate Students’ Association, and Canadian Mental Health Association. Peer Support's pilot year is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Student Life Levy.

Join An Upcoming Session

Below you will find our upcoming peer support sessions where you can connect with other like-minded students as well as trained peer support volunteers. Please reach out to Sarina Wheeler at swheeler@wlu.ca to book a tailored peer to peer support session for your club, team, or association.

Check out our remote resources and other services if you are looking for support in the time-being.

Support at Your Fingertips

Peer Support is free, non-judgmental, and confidential. Our winter term schedule will have drop-in style sessions for undergraduates and graduate students, as well as bookable sessions on special themes.

Support That Fits Your Needs

If you are a member of a campus club or student association and you are interested in having two trained students speak to your group, we welcome you to book a session with us. We will host a safe, welcoming space for your group where students can discuss student-life concerns, share student-friendly strategies, and talk about resources. Our Peer Supporters have a wide variety of academic and personal experiences, and we would be happy to host a session that is tailored to your group's specific needs.

Some lived experiences we are ready to speak to include, but aren't limited to:

  • Anxiety,
  • Depression,
  • School stress,
  • Parenting,
  • Being a mature student,
  • Living in residence

Please reach out to Sarina Wheeler at swheeler@wlu.ca to book a tailored peer to peer support session for your club, team, or association.

Please note that while Peer Supporters are trained by the Canadian Mental Health Association, they are not clinical professionals. For professional mental health care, please reach out to the Student Wellness Centre to speak to a counsellor or mental health nurse. If you are in crisis, please contact Crisis Services Canada.

Goals of the Program

The goals of the program include helping students to:

  • Increase their mood and confidence.
  • Feel less isolated.
  • Gain skills to successfully navigate the post-secondary system.
  • Share strategies and skills related to common experiences.
  • Make informed decisions to support their wellbeing.

Connect Using Teams

In order to connect virtually, Peer Support uses Microsoft Teams. Check out our Microsoft Teams resource for more information about how to log in and access Microsoft Teams using your student email address.

Share Your Thoughts

Did you attend a Peer Support session and want to share your thoughts? Please let us know using our feedback form.