Peer to Peer Programs
*Update April 29 2020*
BSN will no longer be holding in-person groups for the rest of the spring semester. At this time, no plans for doing groups virtually have been made. Stay tuned for plans for the fall, as well as on our social media sites for up to date information and more.
The University of Cincinnati in collaboration with CAPS and Student Wellness has a variety of peer to peer based support options on campus. Considering getting involved in these programs and organizations. See descriptions below for information on how to participate.
Bearcats Support Network
While counseling services provide a great resource when it comes to handling serious issues of mental health, the first place students turn to in times of need is their friend-base. Thus, the peer-to-peer model that we have created provides an outlet for students to make new friends -- friends they can turn to in times of need.
What We Do
Bearcats Support Network is a community of students that fundamentally work to destigmatize mental health while holistically working to create a network that is supportive, loving, and inclusive through peer-to-peer support groups and monthly social events.
Weekly Group Meetings
We offer weekly group meetings in which members are given space to address their mental and emotional wellbeing in a safe and confidential environment. These meetings are led by two to three group leaders who have been trained by our sponsors at CAPS and UC Health.
Kickback Friday Events
Kickback Friday events are a fun and safe Friday night alternative that occur once a month. These events can range anywhere from a movie and meditation nights, spoken word poetry and game nights, to kickball at Nippert, or bringing in a professional speaker. These events aim to build a strong sense of community among the BSN community. All Kickback Friday events are free and open to all members of BSN.
Bearcats Recovery Community
The Bearcats Recovery Community is a program designed to support UC students in or seeking recovery from alcohol, drugs and other addictions. The BRC and its programs allow students to have an authentic college experience at UC while maintaining their recovery.