Peer Wellbeing Support is a confidential, student-led listening service. It allows students to talk and share their problems, and receive support from trained Peer Wellbeing Supporters. Find out more about the supporters and book a session. Currently, all sessions are being held online in accordance with coronavirus restrictions.
Peer Wellbeing Supporters are trained to assist students who are experiencing mild mental health issues and/or with issues such as:
- isolation and/or loneliness
- making friends
- dealing with change
- relationship problems
- financial stress
- academic concerns
There is no issue too small for Peer Wellbeing Support. We all have mental health and we all need help from time to time. Opening up and talking to someone is one of the most effective ways to keep good mental health and can stop your problems becoming overwhelming. Supporters are there to listen and help you explore how you are feeling with empathy and without judgement. They will not tell you what to do. The benefit of speaking with trained, fellow students is the understanding of shared experiences.
Peer Wellbeing Support is not the same as counselling. A student may use the service if they were feeling more worried, anxious, stressed or sad than normal. If your symptoms are becoming unmanageable and are having an impact on your ability to function, then you can access specialised support via the university’s Counselling & Psychological Services or through your GP.
Who are the Peer Wellbeing Supporters?
Supporters are students who have been recruited and received 27 hours of specialised, evidence-based training by qualified counsellors/psychotherapists to equip them for the role.
Read more about the different Peer Wellbeing Support teams here.
What can I expect from accessing Peer Wellbeing Support?
In line with established practice across universities, you will be supported by two trained Peer Wellbeing Supporters throughout your session.
You can have a quick 10 minute chat or stay up to an hour - this is the student’s decision.
Are sessions confidential?
Everything which is discussed with Peer Wellbeing Supporters is confidential, except under the circumstances where a student appears to be at risk of harming themselves or others. You can read the PWS Privacy Statement here.
Confidentiality means that outwith the circumstances outlined in the statement, your issues will not be discussed between the supporters, or with you, once the session has ended.
How do I book a session?
Find out more about the supporters in your school/college and how to book an online session.