Colleges turn to students’ peers for mental-health support

From The Chronicle of Higher Education: “In a recent survey by the Mary Christie Institute and Born This Way Foundation, one in five college students said they had received some form of peer support in the prior year, and nearly 60 percent of them said it was helpful. Rates of peer-support use were even higher among Black, LGBTQ, and first-generation students, who were more likely than other groups to say it was ‘very important’ to them to find a peer counselor with similar identities or life experiences. As colleges confront what many are calling a crisis in student mental health, peer-support programs offer the potential to both lighten the load on campus counselors and to reach students who, for various reasons, might never seek their support.”

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