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This is a pilot student/staff project led by Farah Ahmed (student) and Dr Jane Cronin-Davis (Dean for Student Welfare and Support). The aim of the project is to provide students with the option of listening and advice sessions with a peer mental health supporter.

The peer mental health support project

The peer mental health supporters are students at St George’s and have participated in a training programme to equip them with the listening skills and advice they need to support students.

Peer supporters will be supervised by staff with mental health experience. · Students can opt to have one or more sessions with their supporter.

This project does not replace the usual mental health services or counselling services at the university.

This project is is not for crisis or emergency situations, please visit our Mental Health Emergencies page, if you need urgent help or support.

How can I refer myself?

  • Please use this form to refer yourself.
  • Please provide as much detail as you want to, so that we can try and match you with one of the mental health peer supporters.
  • Please remember that this is a listening and advice project, it does not take the place of mental health services.

What will happen?

  • We will acknowledge your referral and let you know when we have matched you to a peer mental health supporter.
  • The peer mental health supporter will contact you to arrange your first session-this could be online, by telephone or in person at the university, to suit you and your supporter.
  • Your peer mental health supporter will negotiate with you when and where your sessions will take place (telephone, in-person at the university or via a teams meeting) and how often.
  • It is up to you and your peer mental health supporter to decide on how many sessions you have. It could be one or more.
  • Your peer mental health supporter may signpost you to other services, depending on your needs.

Additional support

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