What is Peer Support?
A Peer Supporter is a fellow student who is friendly and open, has good listening skills and shows empathy. It is a support for students who need someone to talk to, about small and big problems or concerns.
- Students may have questions about practical, social and emotional challenges, and be helpful if you need health services or other relevant follow-up services.
- Peer Support is here to support students through one-on-one conversations, groups or other social events.
- Peer Supporters have a duty of confidentiality, but also a duty to report if there is a danger to life and health.
What do you get out of being a Peer Supporter?
This is a voluntary commitment, and it is about mobilizing students to help students, to create a warmer and more inclusive student life. After completing the engagement, you will receive a course certificate for training and a certificate from the work.
Overview of educational institutions that have established Peer Support
BI, Kristiania University College, the University of Oslo and OsloMet are in the establishment phase with Peer Support. Does your educational institution want to establish Peer Support? Contact email@example.com.
Who are Peer Supporters?
Project staff are employed at BI, Kristiania University College, the University of Oslo and OsloMet. Their task is to recruit Peer Supporters from their educational institutions, but also from other educational institutions in Oslo, Kjeller and Sandvika.
How to Become a Peer Supporter?
You have a desire to help and support fellow students, have at least one year of experience as a student, and is available in regards of time and capacity. When you register as a Peer Supporter, an informal interview is conducted. All Peer Supporters receive the necessary training and courses (completed in September 2021), and you are offered guidance from an advisor individually or in groups. SiO Mental Health and Counselling Services is a partner in the project, and will make sure that the Peer Supporters feel like they are mastering the role through proper training.
Do you have questions about the project, or do you want to become a Peer supporter? Get in touch by e-mail.