Post-Secondary Peer Supports and Student Mental Health
Date & Time
Thursday, August 12, 2021, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

Learning Objective 1:
Understand how peer support can be a component of a socio-ecological approach to wellness and invite the experience of other institutions.
Learning Objective 2:
Identify the challenges and advantages of peer support as an adjunct to clinical services and mental health resources
Learning Objective 3:
Engage in discussion and share experiences on how peer support has evolved during COVID-19
Evaluation, Research, Assessment
Session Type
Virtual Session Link