How to Join
Are you interested in supporting other University of Chicago students? Our chapter opens new Supporter applications at the beginning of each quarter.
Applications are currently OPEN for winter quarter 2022! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested!
Email us or sign up at the RSO fair to receive information about our training dates/application!
Attend the training session for the quarter: typically ~2 hours on a weekend (don't worry, there will be bagels).
Complete the post-training assessment. A member of our team will reach out regarding results!
Becoming a peer Supporter is easy
Our training process
Complete online training that consists of a series of videos and articles. This training content includes topics such as vulnerability and self-care, mental health issues, empathy, and living a happy lifestyle.
Complete in-person (or virtual) workshops. Here, Supporters learn conversation skills, engage in role play scenarios, and learn how to approach the various topics that may arise in conversation.
After training, Supporters are tested via a timed assessment on their prowess in using the tools they’ve been equipped with to confidently engage in empathetic conversations.
What being a peer Supporter is like
Once onboarded, Supporters are assigned shifts based on their availabilities and time preferences. Normally, Supporters are actively taking conversations 1-2 days a week within a set time block. Multiple Supporters are usually active at the same time, so there’s generally always a friend to turn to for assistance when needed.
Chapters strive to build a sense of community among Supporters that extends beyond just taking texts on our text line. This is achieved through biweekly meetings, Supporter bonding events, on-going training efforts, guest lectures from mental health professionals, and more!
Chapters engage with their campus communities by hosting public mental health events throughout the semester. These events are designed with goals of reducing stigma, promoting awareness, and encouraging help-seeking. Supporters are encouraged to attend these events and help with any planning efforts that may arise.
If interested in making a further impact, leadership opportunities are available on a frequent basis. Supporters are encouraged to apply to their chapter’s administrative team, become a shift lead, aid in event planning, and more! Lean On Me National also offers summer internship opportunities and further opportunities to get involved.