Are you worried about something and want an informal chat? Whatever your problem, big or small, work or play, feeling homesick, feeling down, or just want someone to talk to, we can lend an ear.
As peer supporters we are formally trained, experienced listeners, and we work according to strict confidential guidelines.
Our training emphasises non-judgemental, active listening. It teaches techniques to help students clarify a concern and find their own solutions.
A peer supporter is not a counsellor but is trained to know when referral to a counsellor or other help would be appropriate.
Confidentiality is a key element of effective peer support. Therefore, you can trust peer supporters to keep your concerns confidential. However, one also needs to know that confidentiality will be broken in certain serious circumstances, which include:
- If someone has talked or is talking about attempting suicide
- If there is evidence of serious mental health problems
- If there is evidence of serious self-harm
- If others are at risk.
Your Wolfson peer supporters are:
Elif Cetin : ec409
Elif, from Turkey, is studying for a Ph.D. in International Studies.
Lydia Fairhurst : lmf36
Lydia, from the UK, is in the second year of the Graduate Course in Medicine.
Monika Golinska : mao34
Monika, from Poland, is doing a Ph.D. in Oncology.
Lorna Moore : lkm25
Lorna, from the UK, is in the final year of the Graduate Course in Medicine.
Andrew Tillman : at520
Andrew, from the United States, is a Ph.D. student at the Centre of Latin American Studies.
We are available to listen and help you work through any issues or problems you may be dealing with - nothing is too big or too small!
Feel free to approach us when you see us in college or to email us. There is a room available in college if you need a private place to speak to a peer supporter.