Launching in October of 1997, there have been a few hiccoughs along the way but we are proud to say the Peer Support Centre has become a vital part of the Students’ Association. Besides serving as an integral part of the SA, we have been honored to have the Peer Support Centre win the acclaimed Bacchus Canada 1999 – 2000 Campus of the Year Award for Alcohol Education. In 2016 our hard work shone again as we were awarded with the ASEC award for Mental Health Initiatives on Campus.
Acting on a drop-in basis, Medicine Hat College students can access support easily and confidentially at the Peer Support Centre. Among the services offered are peer counselling, sexual health information and supplies, food bank support and community referrals. All services are offered by the Peer Support Centre Team which consists of our Health and Wellness Coordinator, front staff of the Students’ Association and peer support volunteers who are trained to deliver quality peer support services.
Mental Health and Community Education Initiatives
Alongside one-on-one services, the Peer Support team also works to increase awareness on campus about various issues that affect the health and well-being of students. Activities are run to engage students in discussion or reflection on relevant issues such as stress reduction, academic awareness, mental health promotion, sexual health awareness, drug and alcohol use and abuse as well as sexual assault and consent. Keep your eyes peeled on campus to see what events are coming up – all are free for students and offer a wide range of goodies from pet therapy to boost your mood to free food and prizes!
Peer Supporters are students, just like you, who have been trained to assist others while ensuring a safe, confidential and professional atmosphere. Equipped with information and practical problem solving tools to help make your college experience healthier, these volunteers are available to chat or just listen. Whatever you’re struggling with the Peer Supporters are there to help. If you’re a natural helper we’d love to hear from you! Stop by the Students’ Association, call or email us to see about becoming a Peer Support Volunteer!
Food Bank Support
The Peer Support Centre offers food bank support to students in need. We are able to provide students with a three day supply of food and refer students to the Medicine Hat and District Food Bank.
For those who just need a little, remember that we have a bread basket on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings outside the Students’ Association office thanks to the Medicine Hat and District Food Bank and McBride’s Bakery.
E is for Everyone
E is For Everyone is a positive space initiative that provides safe and confidential support for all students. The Peer Support Centre is dedicated to providing a safe space for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, ability, gender identity and sexual orientation.
The PSC shares resources with all students while maintaining confidentiality.
If you would like to set up an appointment with our Peer Support Coordinator or a Peer Supporter please contact the Peer Support Centre. We invite you to call 403-502-8992, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or drop by room F111. Come on in and chat with us!