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UNB mental health peer support

Recognizing the importance of having proper support systems in place to ensure academic and personal success, the University of New Brunswick (UNB) is empowering students to support each other’s well-being.

The Campus Peer Support pilot project

The pandemic highlighted an increased need for mental health support for post-secondary students who saw social isolation, remote learning and economic insecurity become part of their everyday lives.

To provide students with the tools they need to support each other’s well-being, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is working with Student Counselling Services to train and empower students who have lived experiences of mental health or substance use to support fellow students facing similar issues.

Funded by Health Canada, this innovative, three-year pilot project provides in-person and virtual training as well as certification to student peer supporters across five Canadian campuses, including UNB Fredericton and UNB Saint John.

Creating a sense of community and belonging

Our peer supporters provide confidential help to students experiencing mental health struggles. Guided by their own lived experience and training, peer supporters listen and offer guidance and resources. This service is in addition to the existing mental health services already offered across our campuses. UNB is committed to providing a welcoming learning environment where everyone belongs.

By supporting each other, addressing the stigma around mental illness and strengthening our capacity to support the mental health and well-being of our students, we create a campus community that is both positive and inclusive.