Peer Support

Peer Support is available to all Nipissing University students

NEW One-to-One Peer Support
Wednesday & Friday in B210
Advance booking required, click here to schedule, up to one week in advance
Times slots available 12:30, 1:30 or 2:30pm; 45-minutes each
In-person or virtual meetings

Chat, connect, enjoy an activity, get support, resources, referrals, and more! 

Students choose what they would like to get out of the time they spend with a
Peer Supporter.

Peer Support currently offers drop-in and one-to-one style peer support.

Peer Support Drop-In

It is a peer-led wellness space where students can drop by and meet informally with other students, no commitment needed. Students get to know each other at their own pace, build connections based on mutual respect and trust, provide/receive non-judgmental support and a listening ear. Trained Student Peer Supporters are available in the space to share wellness information, complete referrals, and assist with advocacy when needed.  

One-to-One Peer Support   

You will receive the same supports you would receive in Drop-in except you are meeting with a Peer Supporter in a more private environment. You will be able to build meaningful connections, participate in activities (both wellness & leisure based), and talk about what matters to you all while working towards your wellness goals if you choose to. Peer Support is completely self-directed which means you decide what is best for you and what you want to share and gain from the experience. 

How to get Involved? 

  • Complete a quick sign-up with one of the Peer Supporters the first time you stop by the Drop-In or have your first one-to-one meeting.  
  • There is no ongoing commitment to stay involved and you can come as little or as often as you would like throughout the academic year. 

Location and Times

Type Day Location Time
Drop-In Monday A228 12:30 - 3:30 PM
Drop-In Tuesday A228 12:30 - 3:30 PM
One-to-One Wednesday B210 Book in Advance
Drop-In Thursday A228 12:30 - 3:30 PM
One-to-One Friday B210 Book in Advance

For more information, email peersupport@nipissingu.ca or call 705-474-3450 ext: 4507.

Meet the Team

Dano

Dano - Peer Support Workers

Howdy! My name is Dano and I am in my second year of Social Work (BSW). I enjoy singing in the shower, sports, building connections with people, and trying novel experiences. I am beyond ecstatic to have the privilege of assisting students along their wellness journey. Whether it is providing a non-judgemental place for open conversation, participating in activities that help individuals decompress from day-to-day stress, or just simply hanging out. Come thru, we’d love to meet you!

Erin

Erin - Peer Support Worker

Hello, my name is Erin. My pronouns are she/her. I am a second-year psychology student, minoring in law and sociology. I’m in my second year of working in the Peer Support Program. I enjoy outdoor activities, going on walks, long-boarding, and visiting new places. My hobbies include video games, writing, and painting.

Grant

Grant - Peer Support Worker

Hello, my name is Grant, my pronouns are he/him, and I am currently in the final year of the BA Psychology undergraduate program.  I am truly thrilled to be a part of the Peer Support Team here at Nipissing. In addition to studying psychology, I enjoy playing a wide variety of sports (my favourites would be tennis & squash) with my family and friends. Yoga and meditation are also areas of enjoyment for me.

I hope through Peer Support that I can connect with others through the beauty of meditation/mindfulness and the ways it can benefit our lives and relationships with one another.  I look forward to meeting anyone who attends Peer Support, and if interested, I find there is a wonderful psychological release in sharing the difficult things we may be going through together. This way, we can connect through similar experiences and know that we are not alone in what we are going through.

Jadzea

Jadzea - Peet Support Worker

Hello! My name is Jadzea, my pronouns are she/they, and I’m a third year Psychology student. This is my second year working as a Student Peer Supporter, and I’ve gotten to attend various training sessions through the program such as; OPDI Peer Support training, safeTALK, PEERS, and Intro to Allyship. I hope to work as a Student Counsellor in the future and am very enthusiastic about mental health and wellbeing. When I’m not studying or working at the Drop-in Centre, you can likely find me walking the trails with my dog, curled up with a fantasy novel and some good tunes, or doing something crafty!

Lauren

Lauren - Peer Support Worker

Hi there! My name is Lauren. I’m a third-year psychology student minoring in art. I am passionate about art and wellness, and the areas where they intersect. I am heavily inspired by nature, and the people that surround me! I love music, travel, books, my friends and family, and my Pomeranian Mabel. In my free time, you’ll probably find me invested in some edutainment material, or on a bike ride or stroll soaking up the sky’s gorgeous view. I love meeting new people and would like to meet you!

Noah

Noah - Peer Support Worker

Hi! My name is Noah. I use he/they pronouns, and I am in my fourth year at Nipissing. I am majoring in English, and I love art, music, cooking, and gaming. I hope to see you at Peer Support!

Trysta

Trysta - Peer Support Worker

Hello!! My name is Trysta my pronouns are she/her, I am in the biology and concurrent education program at Nipissing and am also hoping to get the certificate in neuroscience. I am passionate about peer support because I believe that sometimes to help get out of a hard place you need someone that you can relate to, and as students I think we all have something in common.

Some of my interests include hockey, lacrosse, dogs and hanging out with my family. My favourite hockey team is the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Morgan Riley is my favourite player. I am obsessed with dogs; I would be the crazy cat lady for dogs if I could.  I have a dog named Mya, she is a Cane Corso and 120 pounds though she thinks she is a lap dog. I try my best to look at the positives in life and my goal as a Student Peer Supporter is to help others do so as well.

Peer Support Schedule

Peer Support February 2023

What is Peer Support? Why is it Beneficial?

Peer Support creates an environment where an individual can connect with another individual through shared lived experience. Being able to genuinely say to someone, “I hear you; you are not alone in what you are going through” provides a sense of comfort and connection. Peer Support fosters a welcoming, non-judgemental, safe space where true meaningful connections develop.

These connections are often built on a foundation involving empathy, encouragement, compassion, understanding and hope. Peer support also involves information sharing and referrals to resources, walking alongside another person while empowering them to help themselves and self-direct their own path to recovery. Peer support engages individual strengths and the approach of working “with” instead of “for” the individual to help them to achieve their wellness goals.

Peer Support allows for individuals to be able to communicate on a common ground - an environment where there is no hierarchy. This type of support compliments more traditional clinical approaches while providing a powerful recovery tool and option for individuals who may be feeling isolated or experiencing stigma. A peer support interaction can be empowering and uplifting for the person seeking support and it can also be mutually beneficial for the person providing peer support.

Being able to connect with like-minded individuals through shared lived experience allows for a sense of “togetherness,” feeling supported and listened to. The message of hope and recovery is always at the forefront of the work being done in peer support.

Peer Support provides a valuable service to the Pathways to Care model that exists for students: “Studies show that accessing peer support leads to improved coping and self-management skills, improved social networks, reduced isolation, reduced symptoms, reduced substance use, shorter and fewer hospitalizations, and a reduced need for intensive services”.

(Sunderland, Mishkin, & MHCC Peer Leadership Group, 2013 as cited on the Peer Support Canada Website)