Peer Support Network (PSN)
It is the mission of the Peer Support Network (PSN) to provide individualized mentorship to fellow peers within the Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS) program. In addition to supporting our peers, we aim to establish a greater sense of community & connectedness within BGS.
The Peer Support Network (PSN) is a student-developed, student-run organization designed to provide BGS students with an additional support system. Our initiative began in response to the research resumption process due to COVID-19, and we plan to develop the program into a longer-term support network for BGS students. In partnership with BGS administration and Penn’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), PSN provides peer-to-peer conversations and group discussions to help students navigate difficult situations.
Students in need of help can register for two modes of mentorship: one-on-one peer mentoring sessions and town hall-style group discussions.
- One-on-one peer mentoring sessions offer students a confidential platform to discuss their concerns and seek guidance from a PSN volunteer. Students will be assigned a PSN peer mentor, who will provide individual support, a listening ear, and advice or suggestions to help their peers. For more information, click here.
- PSN group discussions provide an opportunity for students to connect with other BGS students, gaining comfort and support from others experiencing similar stressors. Group discussions will be themed, for example “Professional Well-Being Through the COVID-19 pandemic,” and will include lessons and exercises curated by PSN volunteers. For more information, click here.
To request PSN services, students may submit a confidential service request form, after which they will be connected to a PSN volunteer for individual communication. Check out our “Who We Are” page to meet our volunteers!
PSN volunteers are not trained clinicians and cannot offer professional therapy. We’re here as peers who may have experienced similar challenges and who can offer short-term support. If it’s determined that professional help or long-term support is needed (e.g., CAPS), we will help you transition you from PSN to a CAPS clinician.
To contact the PSN team, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are currently experiencing an acute crisis, please call CAPS at 215-898-7021. A clinician is available to speak 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.