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Peer Support

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What is Peer Support?

Peer support is the offering of encouragement, validation, and understanding based on shared experiences and mutual respect. Supporters are fellow undergraduate student volunteers that are trained to hold conversations and create safe(r) spaces. Students can discuss any student health concerns such as wellness, marginalization, trauma, isolation, relationships, university transition, academics, and more. 


What to Expect from SHEC

Students can access peer support any time during our service hours. Volunteers will be available to answer questions and help you access any resources you may need along the way. 

Peer support sessions usually take place in the back of our centre in MUSC 202 and can be 1-on-1 or you can bring some pals! During peer supports you can share as much or as little information as you would like. Volunteers can let you know about other resources that might be fitting for you to access, or they can just listen. Peer support is unique to each person and no two sessions will look the same. 

Follow our social media channels for further updates on how SHEC will offer peer support remotely beginning this fall!

 

Confidentiality

SHEC is an entirely anonymous service. All conversations with volunteers are confidential and volunteers have signed agreements disallowing the sharing of personal information, identifying information, and/or what is discussed during a peer support session. 

Please note that our peer support volunteers will not engage in any situation that puts their or your safety, anonymity, or confidentiality at risk. Volunteers are only to disclose information from a session if a) there is an imminent safety risk to the visitor or others or b) the volunteer requires a debrief session with an executive team member. In either case, volunteers will ensure that either no identifying information or minimal details will be shared.

 

Other Peer Support Services

The MSU also has the following community-based peer support services:

Maccess

Women + Gender Equity Network (WGEN)

Pride Community Centre (PCC)



Contact Details

Sydney Cumming (She/Her)
shec@msu.mcmaster.ca
905.525.9140 ext. 22041

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