The Wellness Peer Program is a student-driven program that emphasizes the motto of “by students, with students, for students”. With advisement from the Coordinator, Student Life and Learning and clinical supervision from the Student Wellness Educator, the Wellness Peers are mental health champions at Brescia. They encourage early help-seeking behaviours by teaching students about the mental health continuum, resilience-building, increasing knowledge of self-care/self-management strategies and how to recognize when individuals should seek help.
As a team of second-to-upper year students, the Wellness Peers are the driving force behind the Baines Peer Support Space, a drop-in service focused on peer-to-peer support for students experiencing mild to moderate mental health concerns. Responsible for weekly shifts in the Baines Peer Support Space, Wellness Peers are thoroughly trained as peer supporters and are a first stop for many students prior to accessing further services.
Wellness Peer recruitment takes place during the #bestudentlife campaign in February-March of each academic year. For more information on this role head to our Upcoming Opportunities page.
The Student Coordinator role is an enriched student leadership opportunity, usually for a returning Wellness Peer. This paraprofessional role assists the Coordinator, Student Life and Learning in administering all aspects of the program. The Student Coordinator will assist with program administration, program development, hiring, training, and team development, as well as other areas, as needed.
Wellness Peer Student Coordinator recruitment takes place during the #bestudentlife campaign in February-March of each academic year. For more information on this role head to our Upcoming Opportunities page.
The Peer Support Space is open to all Brescia students seeking support to speak with thoroughly trained Wellness Peers promoting mental wellness.