Helping you help others
Not every challenge is a mental health crisis, but as a caring classmate, you want what’s best for your peers. You want to be supportive, but you need a bit more information or you’re worried about saying the wrong thing.
Care Connections equips everyday students with above-average skills to help them identify, approach, and refer classmates to the most appropriate mental health resources. Trained participants are not licensed or certified—they are friends, team members, and role models who care about the well-being of their fellow students.
Request group training
The training helps you serve as trustworthy and approachable classmates who help find solutions to personal issues that may come up, advocate for healthy balanced lifestyles, and connect your peers to more advanced resources when necessary.
Training is flexible and customized to fit your needs. It typically includes a bundle of four 60- to 90-minute trainings covering the topics below in weekly or monthly recurring meeting times. To make things easy, you’ll work with a single point of contact who will help schedule the entire training series.
- Mental health listening skills, signs of distress, and how to make a referral
- Alcohol and other drug harm reduction and early intervention
- Bystander intervention and sexual violence prevention
- QPR suicide prevention training
Perfect for existing groups
If you already have a student group or organization in place, Care Connections is a logical next step to give your group the skills to help your peers navigate everyday stressors. Existing groups typically have recurring meeting times and an administrative structure that serves as a launchpad to add peer support.