Student Counseling Center

Student Support Network (SSN)

Learn to Help Friends When They Need You The Most

Student Support Network (SSN) six-week training program gives you the skills to help friends in crisis. We discuss mental and emotional health, warning signs of a friend who’s struggling, how to talk about issues, and connecting friends to resources. We practice situations with role-playing and visualization in order to build your ability to respond effectively when the real thing happens.

Goals

The primary goal of SSN is to expand and enrich the campus support network so every member of our community has people looking out for him or her—and all know where to go for help when things get tough. To achieve this end, we have a few secondary goals.

  • Knowledge. To give you information about common student struggles, and what you and others can do to help.
  • Skills. To help you develop your helping skills, particularly the skill of empathetic listening and responding, through practice.
  • Perspectives. To provide a safe place to look at issues facing college students from a variety of viewpoints and find a way to think about these without perpetuating stigmas.
  • Connection. To build meaningful connections, both between you and us at the SCC, and between you and your fellow trainees.

Am I a Good Fit for SSN?

The answer is yes. We designed the training for any student, and we never turn applicants away other than for scheduling conflicts or sessions becoming full. The time commitment is one hour a week for six weeks, with meeting times changing each semester to fit student availability. Trainings are conducted by members of the SCC staff who rotate in and out; by the end, we hope you'll have met most of our staff.

What Next?

If you're interested in our SSN training series, complete our quick online SSN Application. If the next session doesn’t fit your schedule, we can keep your information on record for a future session. Once you’ve applied, we'll contact you to discuss scheduling and to set up an interview to get to know you and answer any questions. Then training begins! Students really enjoy this program.

It's 3 a.m. You're up late finding more sources for a group project when you notice your Facebook tab flashing. You click over and see an IM from your friend: "This is the worst night of my life. I've been crying for hours. I can't deal with this stupid life anymore." You want to respond quickly, but hesitate…What can you say? What if things you say only make it worse? What if your friend is thinking of…You don't even want to go there. You want to help, but you're just not sure how…SSN’s training program gives you the tools to handle this kind of situation.

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