Sometimes, it can be a bit hard to talk to friends and family about certain issues. The Peer Support program aims to provide a space to the students of LSR where they can talk and be listened to. The goal is not to provide solutions, but to create a non- judgemental atmosphere where the students can express themselves outside of their stressful situation. Based on a model followed by colleges in the UK, the program is meant to be an approachable, informal and supportive resource for the students of LSR.
The ‘Peer Supporters’ are not counsellors, but third year students of Psychology, selected and trained in listening, questioning and responding skills, to help other students reach constructive solutions to their problems on their own.
The problems which the program covers are not complex and intense, but basic stresses that tend to overwhelm students sometimes. The program will cover problems relating only to the following stressors:
- Adjustment difficulties
- Workload/ coursework
- Friends and relationships
- Worries about the future
- Peer pressure
- Exam anxiety
- General feeling of stress
Currently, applications are open for Peer Supporters (Only third year students of the Psychology Department). After 4-5 weeks of intensive training, the program will be launched in college.
For further details, contact Devika Gupta, President, Psychology Department.