“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
- Albert Camus
Sometimes, you may encounter friends who are going through some tough times while studying in IMU and you may want to provide help. If you are concerned about a friend, it’s alright for you to express your concerns to her/him in a caring, respectful and supportive way.
You may talk to them about the specific things you have seen or felt about that have made you worry. Some of your friends might come to you to talk about their problems. When you are feeling overwhelmed or not sure how to proceed, it’s important for you to seek help and support for yourself and your friend.
For more tips on how to help a friend, please visit Mend-A-Friend (http://www.mend-a-friend.com/)
Peer Support Programme
Peer Support Programme is a peer support system established to intervene with young individuals in need of support. It is a service offered by IMU students who are trained in basic helping skills to reach out to peers with a wide range of issues. Their main roles are to provide a listening ear to their peers who need a safe place to share their troubles, offer support to them and refer them to the available resources. Thus, Peer Support Programme acts as a preventive component of the total counselling program by putting the professional counselling staff in contact with many students who may have otherwise neglected to get help.
Peer supporters who have completed at least 20 hours of peer support training by counsellors and other mental health trainers will offer their support to students through Talk2Me e-mail service. Please refer to the description under Talk2Me E-mail Service.
Other than that, the peer supporters are also actively involved in the efforts of promoting mental health awareness among the IMU community through co-organising the Mental Health Week with the Self Development Unit every year. Programmes of the Mental Health Week may include exhibition on a specific mental health theme, activities, games, or forum.
Do you wish to be a Peer Supporter? Come and meet other peer supporters. Join our training workshop. For more information about Peer Support Programme, please contact us at [email protected].