The Graduate Peer Support Centre is a group of student volunteers who provide a confidential and welcoming peer-based support to Graduate and Professional students at Queen’s University. The Centre adheres to a peer support model; the philosophy behind this model is that for some individuals, and for some areas of individual concern, the assistance provided by a peer will be the most effective form of support. The peer volunteers are trained in active listening, suicide intervention, and are well-versed in resource referral to suit the diverse needs of Graduate and Professional students. This model is founded on: self-determination and equality, mutuality and empathy and active listening skills.
The Centre is not a substitute for the provision of professional counseling by Queen’s Health, Counseling and Disability Services. The Peer Support Centre is a paraprofessional service – it does not diagnose or treat mental illness. The Centre provides short-term support to students in need of assistance and to appraise students of services available on campus and in the Kingston community.
The centre is located in JDUC Room 205 and is operational as a drop-in service during the following hours: Monday 9am-1pm; Tuesday 1pm-5pm; Wednesday 5pm-9pm, and Thursday 1pm-5pm.
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Hours of Operation
Frequently Asked Questions
The GPSC offers a space where you can come talk to someone anonymously and outside your program. Sometimes you may not want to share how you’re feeling with someone you see regularly and that’s where we come in! This gives peers the opportunity to be as open as they’d like and gives them the support they may need from an outside perspective.
No, we don’t ask for any personal information (not even your name!) other than your Queen’s Net-ID when signing the confidentiality form.
Yes, we are! All of our volunteers will be trained to aid in crisis situations. Check out our application posting here: https://sgps.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/GPSC-Volunteer.pdf
Arthi Chinna Meyyappan
Graduate Peer Support Center Coordinator
Society of Graduate and Professional Students