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UNB peer supporters provide confidential help to students experiencing mental health struggles. Peer supporters are trained and certified through the Canadian Mental Health Association and supervised by Counselling Services. 

Through their own experience and training, peer supporters will listen, share and offer resources.

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Meet the team

Fredericton campus

Hey! My name is Isabela and I am an international student from Honduras. I am double majoring on Finance and Marketing, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. I am very thrilled to be a peer supporter because this provides me the chance to help and be there for those who need it.

I have had many ups and downs in my healing journey (regarding ED, self-esteem, and anxiety) and it can be quite frustrating when you do it alone. Truth is, you don't have to go through it alone. I am here to support you with any issues you have, my main goal is to make you feel seen, validated and safe!

Saint John campus

Hi, my name is James Martin, I am a 4th year psychology student and one of UNB Saint John's mental health peer supporters. I have lived with severe depression and anxiety since the young age of 10 (I am now 20 years old). Seeking help was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Mental health is a journey, one that can be much easier to navigate with the right kind of support, support our team can provide you with. We are here to listen to you and reassure you that you are not alone in this. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Saint John campus

Hi! My name is Kaitlyn, I’m a psychology student at the Saint John campus and I believe passionately that everyone deserves accessible mental health support.

As a fourth-year student I recognize and understand the weight of academic stress in university and how daunting it can be to reach out. I myself have had lived experience with mental health challenges such as disordered eating that I struggled with alone for a long time before reaching out, but through the support of my peers and asking for help I began the road to management and recovery.

This year I am very happy to be one of the new mental health peer supporters and whether you just want to talk and be heard, to connect with others, or to work on getting through things together, I am here. Reaching out and asking for help was a nerve-wracking step I took in my own journey to recovery, but it was worth every moment of it. So please don’t hesitate to reach out, and remember we are here for you, we are with you, and we understand.

Fredericton campus

Hey, I'm Khoi, coming from Vietnam's energetic and beautiful Ho Chi Minh City. I'm in my third year of a BBA program, majoring in finance and economics. And as a peer mentor this year, I will do my best to be there with an open heart to all of your stories!

My life underwent a major shift when I immigrated to Fredericton in July 2019. It was a challenging time, filled with loneliness, cultural differences, and the profound loss of a beloved family member. Language barriers made it even tougher and finding someone to share my story with felt impossible.

But my first year at UNB changed everything. I decided to break out of my shell, actively joined clubs and societies, and discovered a turning point in my life. I made friends, crafted meaningful memories, and found my life's purpose once again. It all started in a simple step of opening myself again. And I’m here to say that you are not alone. I wish you won’t lose hope in yourself, and reach out to us whenever you need!

Fredericton campus

Hi! I’m Sejal and I’m absolutely thrilled to be one of your peer supporters for this academic year. I am in my 4th year pursuing a BA in psychology with a minor in sociology and a certificate in family violence Issues. As an international student coming from a country where mental health stigma runs deep, I understand the challenges and the immense courage it takes to reach out for support.

I've personally faced my own battles with mental health issues, and I want you to know that it's a journey—one that doesn't simply conclude. With my personal experiences, coupled with the training we’ve received from the CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association), knowledge about mental health in general from the courses I have taken, and the resources and support available within our team, I’m here to create a safe and welcoming space for you to freely express your thoughts and feelings.

Please know that no problem is too big or too small. If it’s on your mind and it’s bothering you, it’s absolutely valid, and we’re here.

Fredericton campus

As a fifth-year psychology student at UNB, I understand what it is like to live and thrive with mental health conditions. I am genuinely excited to be one of your mental health peer supporters. I recognize how overwhelming things can be, whether with school or other elements of one's life.

I hope to use my experience to help those struggling and let you know you are not alone. I am passionate about supporting others and will work with you to create a space where you feel accepted and understood—everyone's experiences are equally important. I will listen without judgment and am open to help whenever possible.

Please don't hesitate to reach out. Be patient, loving, kind, and gentle with yourself.