The Peer Support program is a support group consisting of student volunteers from the department of Psychology. The program is akin to the “buddy system” to provide psychological support to students of LSR. It was initiated in 2016 to assist students facing day to day adjustment problems, relationship difficulties, academic concerns and other issues relating to self-esteem/ body image. The student volunteers are selected through an application process followed by interviews, supervised by faculty coordinators, for conducting one-to-one sessions on the problems mentioned above.
The peer supporters through their relatively greater experience in the college academic and non-academic system facilitate better functioning of the students facing difficulties.
The peer supporters have in the past held workshops on time management, body image concerns, procrastination and stress management with the students. By having a program called “Spaces”, an informal setting is provided where participants share their experiences or difficulties with the group members. This creates a space for discussion and cooperative learning.
If a student presents a clinical picture beyond the purview of the problems mentioned above, for instance high degree of distress or any indication of self harm, sexual & physical abuse and substance abuse, they are referred to trained and qualified mental health professionals (psychiatrists/clinical psychologists affiliated to a hospital setting). Sessions are conducted based on prior appointment and are held only during college working days and working hours (8:45 am to 5:30 pm).