In time for the new academic year SUSU is creating a new Peer to Peer project, to provide extra mental health support for University of Southampton students, and is looking for people to help lead it.

The project comes in response to a greater demand for mental health peer support among the student population and findings that peer support is ”more accessible and acceptable to students than professionally staffed services”. There is currently only one counsellor for every 5667 University of Southampton students and SUSU is looking to fix that.

The Peer to Peer project is looking for a project manager to oversee the training and further recruitment of our student volunteers. SUSU already has some great existing support groups, most notably our confidential listening service Nightline, and is looking to provide extra and more consistent supervision for their development.

If you have any experience of mental health support projects, we want you to get in touch! For more information please read the following Peer to Peer Support Brief and submit any statements of interest to Nickola Moore, Head of Membership and Community Engagement.

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