What is Side by Side?
Side by Side is a peer support program that complements current mental health services available for medical students at the faculty of medicine by building on the relationships between medical students and their expertise in understanding medical school challenges. The objectives are to improve help seeking behaviors, reduce stigma and provide non-judgmental, accessible and confidential support to students from peers who have undergone training.
What is a Peer Supporter?
Peer Supporters are medical students that were chosen after a thorough selection process to provide a listening ear, support and refer classmates in need. Up to 40 volunteer Peer Supporters will take proactive action by checking in on classmates who may need help.