The Peer Support Centre is a drop-in service providing all undergraduate students with confidential, non-judgemental, and empathetic peer-based support. Our goal is to foster a comfortable environment for students through active listening, practical assistance, and resource referrals.
We welcome peers to come in to speak with us about stress, academic grievances, financial assistance, oppression/discrimination, sexual assault, mental health, and more. We are connected with several formal and informal services and groups within the Queen’s community and surrounding Kingston area. We also encourage peers to come in to celebrate good news, have a quiet and cozy space to read, play some board games, or just to have some friendly company.
No problem is too big or too small, we care about them all.
Please note that we are not a replacement for health services who can provide diagnosis, treatment, or long-term support; nor are we a first point of contact in the case of an emergency.
WHAT WE DO
Our service provides listening, support, resource referral, and practical assistance. We are not a replacement for health services who can provide diagnosis, treatment, and long-term support. Our goal is to provide a comfortable environment for students to talk and receive support.
The AMS Peer Support Centre’s operations and goals are grounded in the following values
Confidentiality: We respect your right to privacy. For this reason, our volunteers are bound to a confidentiality contract that limits them from sharing any information discussed during a session to other volunteers or peers outside of the Peer Support Centre. Your comfort is of the utmost importance to us.
Acceptance: Whatever is on your mind, we believe that it is valid and worth talking about. We strive to create a safe space that is inclusive to all students and to all experiences.
Empathy: All volunteers are dedicated to providing empathetic support to all peers who choose to share their own personal challenges and experiences.
Community: Maintaining a positive relationship with the Queen’s and Kingston community is important to us. Through outreach initiatives and collaborations with external groups on campus, we strive to contribute to a sense of community and belonging amongst all Queen’s undergraduate students.