Carleton offers many forms of peer support on campus. Peer mentors often understand what you are going through and can help connect you to the information that you are looking for and can provide tips to help you navigate through challenging experiences.
Group programs offer guidance from trained facilitators and support from peers while you develop effective strategies for coping with challenges that you may be facing. Meeting other students who share your feelings and concerns in a supportive environment can help to reduce your sense of feeling alone with your challenges while you learn more about yourself and others.
Supporting a Friend
As a friend, it can be difficult to navigate tough conversations and support our friends in challenging times. The Supporting a Friend workshop is facilitated by fellow students who understand how tough it can be to have these conversations. This workshop can provide you with information and tips to help you feel more confident in these situations. Being comfortable talking about mental health and well-being with friends is the first step to being able to connect them to resources that can help in a time of need.
Community Connections Mentors
Community Connections is a peer mentorship program that will help students become familiar with resources, skills and tools to improve overall well-being and connections to the campus community. There are two pathways that students can register in: Community Building and Belonging and Positive Mental Health and Well-Being.
An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
This workshop series offers skills in Mindfulness and Meditation. Beyond simply decreasing your stress, this course offers approaches and skills to help you find more satisfaction in your daily life.
The course, consisting of 4 classes, is designed to help you learn mindfulness through the practice of specific skills that calm and focus your mind; and through the practice of meditation. If you are feeling pressured and stressed, or just interested in learning a new skill that can enrich your life, these classes are for you!
Beginners and experienced meditators welcome.
Graduate Student Mental Health Peer Support
The program is a free, non-judgmental, confidential space for grad students to receive support from their peers within a drop-in setting. Hours of operation are as follows in the GSA Boardroom (6th floor, University Centre):
- Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m.
- Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Thursdays from 6-8 p.m.
The Health Promotion Team offers interactive presentations focused on building skills for a wide variety of topics. Contact us if you would like to learn how to build resilience and develop coping skills to better manage stress – book a date for your group, class, Residence floor, club, or team.
Paul Menton Centre
The Paul Menton Centre is responsible for the coordination of academic accommodations and support services for students with disabilities. The PMC offers various supports for transition and accommodations for students for all types of reasons. Visit the Paul Menton Centre to see how they can help, or check out the various peer supports they have available!
Carleton University Students Association (CUSA)
CUSA prides themselves in offering much more to students than just extracurriculars; by getting involved you can meet mentors, confidants and lifelong friends. There are various clubs and societies where you can get involved, or just pay a visit to connect with a peer who can share their experience and help you along your way.
Mental Wellness Mentors (Residence)
Mental Wellness Mentors are a peer based mentorship program provided to Carleton University Residence students, intended to support students in their transition to university. They offer coping strategies and structured supports to assist with mental health, mental wellness, self-awareness, and transitional concerns for students in Residence. This program provides an alternative means of outreach that is non-judgmental, confidential and fosters healthy/positive engagement within the Residence and campus community. It is a great way to make connections with others and it gives you extra support throughout the year. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Year Connections
First Year Connections is a 6-week mentorship program that helps first year students make a successful transition to university life by preparing them to achieve their personal and academic goals. Having a mentor is a great way to become connected to the campus, focus on your academic success and personal growth, gain support from your peers at Carleton, and make connections with other students.