Peer to Peer Programs

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 partiticipate. 

Bearcat support network members in front of CAPS

Bearcats Support Network

The Solution

Bearcats Support Network Logo

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 biweekly 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 night, 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.

Bearcat support network members in CAPS lobby

Michael Charlton
Class of 2020 | Executive Director
charltml@mail.uc.edu | ucinci.bsn@gmail.com

Bearcats Recovery Community

The Bearcats Recovery Community is a program designed to support UC students in or seeking recovery from alcohol, drug and other addictions. The Bearcats Recover community and its programs are meant to allow students to have an authentic college experience at UC while maintaining their recovery. 

Additional Resources

  • Active Minds: a UC student-run organization focused on decreasing mental health stigma on campus. Find them at Campus 
  • NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness is the largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with mental health concerns.