The Student Counselling Service also facilitates the Student2Student Peer Support Network. The S2S Peer Support Network is a group of trained and professionally supervised student volunteers who aim to help their fellow students manage the difficulties of College life.
They offer confidential, face-to-face meetings with a Peer Supporter for any TCD student. These meetings are free of charge, informal, and designed to help focus on any issues that the student would like to sort through – from getting advice to just having someone to listen. Meetings generally last an hour, and can take place wherever the student is comfortable – usually a café or somewhere outdoors like St. Stephen’s Green or the cricket grounds. Frequency of meetings is negotiated between the student and her/his Peer Supporter. Some important notes:
An annual training course in basic listening, support, and referral skills (a 30-hours evening course). This course is facilitated by a professional counsellor from the Student Counselling Service and is usually offered in Michaelmas Term and is limited to around 20 TCD students. Applications can be found online at: https://student2student.tcd.ie/peer-support/help-me.php
Successful participants receive a certificate verifying their completion of the course, and are then eligible to volunteer in the Peer Support Network.