WeSupport: Train to be a Peer Mental Health Advocate

As one of the organizers of last semester’s Send Silence Packing suicide awareness event (remember that thing with all the backpacks?), I got a lot of questions along the lines of “What can I do to help my friends who are struggling with mental illnesses?” and “How can we build a community in which we support each other and ultimately prevent suicide?” WeSupport, a program cosponsored by CAPS and Active Minds, is an attempt to address these issues:

WeSupport is a 6-session workshop offered by Counseling and Psychological Services and Active Minds.  In a series of six 1-hour discussions, we will train students to be peer mental health advocates.  Participating students will learn about a variety of mental health topics, become familiar with the signs a friend or acquaintance may be in distress, gain practice talking with someone who is struggling, and become conversant in both campus and community resources.  Students who complete the six-session series will have the option of joining a network of Wesleyan peer mental health advocates.

Schedule of sessions and info about how to sign up after the jump.

WeSupport seminars will be held Tuesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 PM in 41 Wyllys room 114 and Fridays from 12:15 – 1:15 in 41 Wyllys room 113.  Start date is September 25th for the Tuesday group, and September 28th for the Friday group.  The series will not meet during the week of fall break.

If you are interested in joining us or have any questions about the program, please email Dr. Jennifer D’Andrea at jdandrea(at)wesleyan(dot)edu and indicate which day you prefer.