Debbie Bruckner M.S.W., R.S.W - University of Calgary
Kevin Friese - University Of Alberta
Background: Mental health is an integral component of program and policy development at post-secondary institutions, yet universities face reduced funding and capacity. Peer Support can bridge the gap between services for students who are struggling with mental health, transition, and well-being while concurrently providing a cost-effective approach for post-secondary institutions under financial constraints. Methods: This research will include a systematic review of the peer support in post-secondary institutions and using qualitative methods examine the landscape of peer support at the University of Alberta and University of Calgary. Results: Program evaluation results and interviews with key stakeholders including students who access or provide peer support, will be highlighted. Furthermore, we will showcase the impact of peer support on students during COVID-19, and the service evolution of peer support to meet demand during COVID-19. Future peer programming on our campuses will be informed and guided by this research.