Student Support Network Program
The SSN Training is a training designed to foster and strengthen peer support, advocacy and referral skills in current and emerging natural helpers and student leaders. Over the course of several sessions throughout the academic year, students will have the opportunity to meet once a month with a trainer from various departments around campus, to learn essential skills for identifying and supporting peers in distress.
The training covers several key topics including:
- What is mental health?
- Acquiring core supportive skills
- Suicide prevention
- Substance misuse
- Relationship violence and sexual assault
- Connecting across difference: inclusive student support
- Recognizing when others need help
- Identifying resources to help students in distress
Meeting times are Thursdays in The ROCC in Portland from 3:00- 4:00pm Sept 28th, Oct 12th, Oct 26th, Nov 9th, Nov 30th, Dec 14th
Come to some or all.
Because this type of support is so critical to provide on a college campus, persons with successful completion of this training can be eligible to earn 1 college credit.
The SSN training offers a significant opportunity for students to help and be helped by one another, while simultaneously shaping the culture at USM to promote civility, caring, and student engagement.