Virtual Peer Support: Why, What, & How?
Date & Time
Thursday, August 12, 2021, 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

As a result of recommendations made in the Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health, the University of Toronto, St. George (UTSG) launched a virtual Peer Support Service in the fall of 2020. Using the UTSG example, this presentation has four key objectives: 1) establish a working definition and boundaries of peer support 2) outline different models of peer support and how they complement mental health systems 3) describe the development of the service at UTSG (including online adaption) and 4) share early evaluation data and usage trends. As a mental health resource, peer support can complement traditional mental health services: it provides non-clinical short term support to students, it can help students navigate resources on and off campus, and it can support students seeking to establish social connections. In this presentation, both the strengths and the challenges of virtual peer support will be discussed.

Learning Objective 1:
Establish a definition of peer support and learn about its non-clinical boundaries
Learning Objective 2:
Develop an understanding of how a peer support service can be applied to a post-secondary environment
Learning Objective 3:
Learn about how post-secondary students may use and benefit from peer support
Service or Program Delivery
Session Type
Virtual Session Link