Peer Advocates

This program provides confidential support to fellow students who are struggling with both school and non-school-related challenges. Through this program, struggling students can reach out to a peer advocate for assistance and resources with personal issues that could include:

  • Academic struggles
  • Career planning
  • Burnout
  • Relationship problems
  • Financial issues
  • Family problems
  • Health problems
  • General life stressors

All Peer Advocates have been trained in Mental Health First Aid. Peer advocates can also provide information about other available resources or interventions.

How to reach us

All participation in the peer advocate program is voluntary. To meet with a peer advocate, students can come to weekly office hours located in the Student Academic Support Services building. If the office hours do not work, you can peeradvocates@utsouthwestern.edu us to request a meeting with a peer advocate. In the email, please include a brief overview of what you would like to discuss, so we can match you with a peer advocate with the most relevant experience. You can also request a certain peer advocate. If the requested peer advocate is not available, you will be matched with another peer advocate. Discussions with peer advocates are confidential and peer advocates will not take any notes or create any records. It may take up to 24 hours to receive a response from the peer advocates email account. If this is an emergency, please call the Student Wellness and Counseling phone number: 214-645-8680. This number also serves as the UTSW 24-hour crisis line after 5 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends and holidays.