Peers Supporting Peers (PSP)

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Program Overview: 

The PSP Program is a one-on-one peer support program that matches upper-year UTM students and UTM graduate students (Peer Mentors) with UTM students with mental health concerns (Mentees). The program receives oversight, training support, and supervision from UTM Health & Counselling Centre staff. The objective of the program is to provide Mentees with individualized strategies (e.g., healthy lifestyle tips, academic skills), knowledge of community resources, and personal support (empathy, active listening) to help them achieve their personal and academic goals. The program emphasizes the strengths of the Peer Mentors’ and the Mentees’ shared, peer-to-peer experience as students. The program aims to provide support that complements, but does not replace, professional interventions. 

 

Program Structure: 

Mentees are expected to meet with their assigned Peer Mentor once a week, over the course of 6 weeks in the semester.

For the fall semester, meetings will start the Week of Oct 5, 2019 and end the Week of Nov 16, 2019 (excluding Reading Week).  

Meetings will last approximately one hour, and take place virtually via a designated communications platform.

Through the program, Mentees will be able to gain individualized strategies (e.g., healthy lifestyle tips, academic skills), knowledge of community resources, and receive personal support (empathy, active listening) to help them achieve their personal and academic goals.

 

Mentee Application:

To apply to be a Mentee, please submit your application form here. A staff member from the UTM Health & Counselling Centre will be in touch subsequently to discuss next steps.

 

Program Contacts:

For questions or concerns about the PSP Program, please contact either or both:

  • Denise Alton, Lead Counsellor, UTM Health & Counselling Centre at denise.alton@utoronto.ca
  • Ravi Gabble, Health Education Coordinator, UTM Health & Counselling Centre at ravinder.gabble@utoronto.ca