COVID-19: Essential Information

Coming in Fall 2020, the Office of Health and Wellness Education is exicted to announce a new peer education group: Mental Health Peer Educators.

The mission of the Mental Health Peer Educators is to promote positive mental health and well-being in the student body through providing individual and community support. 

The group will strive to: 

  • Develop positive coping strategies, stress-management and resiliency skills

  • Strengthen social connection and belonging to build community 

  • Engage in effective self-care practices

  • Develop mindsets that promote positive mental health 

  • Recognize support resources and increase access, particularly in underserved communities 

Students in the group will be trained to: 

  • Provide peer listening hours, an opportunity for any Middlebury student to sit down for 30 minutes of supportive listening and be provided with resources if they wish

  • Facilitate workshops on topics related to positive mental health (e.g. self-care, coping skills development) 

  • Facilitate the program, ProjectConnect, a social connection building event

Read more below, and apply at go/mhpeapp 

Mental Health Peer Educator Position Description

Mission:

Promote positive mental health and well-being in the student body through providing individual and community support. 

Description: 

Mental Health Peer Educators are a small group of 10-15 students who work together under the supervision of the Assistant Director for Health and Wellness Education to provide community support for positive mental health by creating, implementing and supporting initiatives designed to increase student engagement in activities that improve social connections, community and well-being. 

The group strives to: 

  • Develop positive coping strategies, stress-management and resiliency skills

  • Strengthen social connection and belonging to build community 

  • Engage in effective self-care practices

  • Develop mindsets that promote positive mental health 

  • Recognize support resources and increase access, particularly in underserved communities 

Students in the group will be trained to: 

  • Provide peer listening hours, an opportunity for any Middlebury student to sit down for 30 minutes of supportive listening and be provided with resources if they wish

  • Facilitate workshops on topics related to positive mental health (e.g. self-care, coping skills development) 

  • Facilitate the program, ProjectConnect, a social connection building event

Group Responsibilities: 

All MHPEs are required to participate in and successfully complete fall training to become members of the group. 

  • Training is planned for Sunday September 6th through Saturday September 12th 2020. 

This position is approximately 4 hours per week. All students on the Mental Health Peer Educators are expected to share the following responsibilities: 

  • Participate in weekly Mental Health Peer Educators meetings to: 

    • Plan initiatives to improve student well-being 

    • Debrief and consult on peer listening hours

    • Give feedback on programs, ideas and materials

    • Divide tasks and share responsibilities

  • Facilitate Project Connect groups

  • Facilitate positive mental health workshops 

  • Host peer listening hours 

  • Special projects

In addition to these general responsibilities, we are also looking for two students willing to serve as leaders within this group to assist the Assistant Director of Health and Wellness Education in coordinating the group and providing support to group members. 

Students who are engaged in the following roles are not able to apply to be members of the Mental Health Peer Educators to avoid burnout or compassion fatigue from being in multiple helper roles: 

  • MiddSafe Advocates

  • Residential Life Student Staff

Requirements for the Position:

Mental Health Peer Educators demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to promote student well-being on campus. They are: 

  • Reliable and can be depended on to be at meetings and events and follow through with responsibilities they have committed to

  • Collaborative and thoughtful about their connection to the other members of the group

  • Respectful members of the Middlebury community and follow college and community policies and laws which set expectations for student behavior

To learn more contact Madeline Hope, Assistant Director of Health & Wellness Education and Mental Health Promotion Specialist. 

Email: mhope@middlebury.edu

Schedule: go/maddie