Lean On Me strengthens communities by providing peer-to-peer text lines that allow for easy access to confidential non-crisis support. We envision a world where anyone can seek and receive emotional support.
Lean On Me at Fordham University is a chapter of Lean On Me, which was founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015. To learn more about their impact or inquire about establishing a new chapter, visit their website here.
How our hotline works
Lean On Me allows students to talk to trained peer Supporters in a convenient and anonymous setting. To learn more about our training process, please click here.
1. Text our hotline
Text Fordham's hotline number whatever you’d like to talk about! This can range from brief messages such as “All of my friends are busy and I want someone to talk to” to a longer, more serious message. Our Supporters are here to listen and be there for you - the topic is your choice!
3. Receive a reply
The expected wait time is just under 5 minutes. While the service is available at any time, please remember that Supporters are your peers, who lead their own busy lives and occasionally remember to sleep. So the wait time for a conversation sent in at 4:30 AM may be longer, and we thank you for understanding that!
5. End the conversation
Conversations last for as long as you would like them to, and you can end a conversation with a Supporter at any time by texting “/bye” to the hotline. If you text again you will be matched with a new Supporter and they will not see what you wrote before.
2. Match with a Supporter
Once a text is received, all active Supporters will be informed that a request has come in, and within a few minutes you will be matched with one!
4. Have a conversation
You can now have a conversation with the Supporter! Feel free to text for as long as you like. If you ever feel uncomfortable with a Supporter text “/flag”, and we’ll match you with another! For a full list of commands, text “/help” to the hotline. Supporters never see your slash commands.
6. Provide feedback
Once a conversation ends, you will be asked to provide feedback, helping make the service better for future users. By no means is this mandatory, but we would really appreciate it. Your input will have a very real effect on the future of Lean On Me, and on changes we make to the service!
Meet our team
Alexa is a senior at Fordham University, double majoring in psychology and philosophy and minoring in marketing. She is proud to be the president of Lean On Me because she is able to spread mental health awareness.
Lilja is one of the founding members of Fordham's chapter of Lean On Me. As a senior at Fordham University, Lilja is majoring new media digital design and minoring in business administration.
Dez is a senior at Fordham University, majoring in biology. Her outgoing spirit allows all prospective supporters to feel welcome.
Mary Kate is a senior at Fordham University, majoring in psychology and minoring in bio ethics. She hopes to attend grad school after receiving her undergrad degree and obtain a PhD for developmental psychology.
Mary Kate Ryan
Prutha is a senior at Fordham University, majoring in marketing and minoring in sustainable business. Her creativity skills are deeply appreciated, as they ensure the success of Fordham Lean On Me's marketing efforts.
Alex is a senior at Fordham University, majoring in neuroscience and minoring in psychology. He has been a dedicated training coordinator at Lean On Me for 2 years now.
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