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Peer Counseling in College Mental Health

Born This Way Foundation / January 2022

From October 6 to 20, 2021, Born This Way Foundation, in partnership with the Mary Christie Institute, conducted a survey of over 2,000 American college students on their attitudes toward, and participation in, mental health peer counseling, which is defined as “receiving support for your mental health from a trained peer, not a friend.” This survey showed usage of peer counseling is higher among Black, Transgender, and first-generation college students, while interest in peer support programs has increased overall since the COVID-19 pandemic started.