The (Brief) History of Peer Support
Peer Support evolved after years of demand from NAIT students. We recognized that supporting student mental health is imperative, and finally in 2018 NAITSA was able to start putting the wheels in motion.
NAITSA had researched how other campuses implemented their Peer Support Programs and have met with experts in the field. We had made it our goal to hire 10 Peer Supporters and 1 Peer Support Coordinator in our first year. After posting the job positions in August 2018, we were overwhelmed with the warm reception and variety of applicants to the Peer Support team.
The Peer Support program is funded by The NAIT Students’ Association (NAITSA). Partial funding is provided by the Alberta Government.
Hours of Operation
Jan 7 – Apr 26
Hours are subject to change
Peer Support Aims:
To provide an environment where students will feel safe and at ease when discussing concerns with their peers.
To empower students when making decisions regarding their situations.
To make referrals to appropriate campus departments, community agencies, or organizations if the student requires further support or information.
How it Works
Peer support is an anonymous and confidential supportive listening service for students. It is on a walk-in basis, and will be opening in room J-209B on NAIT Main Campus in November 26, 2018.
All of our Peer Supporters are interviewed and are required to undergo intensive training over two weekends in order to be part of the team.
Peer Supporters are not psychologists or professional counsellors, and as such, there are some limitations to the kind of service and assistance they can provide. They cannot help with any long term support for ongoing problems, but they can help students develop an action plan and give referrals to other areas or services more appropriate for long term support, like counselling or professional help.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a peer support session look like?
A student comes into the room and will be welcomed! A peer supporter will talk one-on-one with the student regarding their issue of choice, and then provide referrals or resources for further support. Each session can be around 45 minutes. Our service is limited to one session per issue per person, (for example, you can only come once to Peer Support to talk about your failed midterm, but can come in again if you have something other than what you talked about in a prior session).
What if I’m too embarrassed to go to peer support?
All of our Peer Supporters have signed a confidentiality agreement, and are trained not to disclose identifying information. We do not ask for your name or student ID number. We also provide a welcoming and safe space in order to keep the client comfortable. When you are ready to talk, we are here to listen.
Can I bring in my boyfriend/girlfriend for couples’ counselling?
No, our peer supporters can only do one-on-one sessions, but we can provide you further resources for relationship support.
Where's the Peer Support room J209?
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NOTE: Please do not email or contact regarding personal difficulties, but instead go to room J-209B during business hours, or see the resources below. If risk is immediate please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.