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Peer Health Educator

Are you interested in educating your classmates about health topics? Do you love to plan events, meet others, come up with creative ideas for marketing and practice healthy behaviours? If so, we invite you to volunteer as a peer health educator. You’ll learn more about important issues and you’ll develop teamwork and communication skills by conducting a variety of education programs. Gain self-confidence and valuable experience in leadership, responsibility, event management, marketing and relationship building as you work with the University community on wellness initiatives.

Applications to be a Peer Health Educator are being accepted now for the 2017-18 academic year.

New Peer Health Educators: 2017-18 NEW PHE Application Form

Returning Peer Health Educators: 2017-18 RETURNING PHE Application Form

 As a peer health educator, you will:

  • Educate your peers about topics and services in the Wellness Centre or Diversity and Human Rights.
  • Attend training seminars, monthly meetings, leadership webinars, and conferences.
  • Present topics in a fun and engaging manner.
  • Attend and organize special events and awareness weeks.

  Peer health educators work to educate their fellow students and the University community about health related issues such as:

  • Stress, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, sex and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), building healthy relationships, choosing a healthy lifestyle, eating disorders, and financial strategies.
      
This is my 4th year as a Peer Health Educator, and my fifth year at MRU in the BSc program. I absolutely love being a PHE! I have found this program to be one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in university so far. Being part of PHE has allowed me to make new friends, meet people from all over campus, and plan amazing events for the MRU community. I have been able to work on and develop personal skills, and I have also had the opportunity to get to know all the resources available on campus. I cannot express how grateful I am for all the knowledge, skills, and life long friendships I have gained through the Peer Health Education program. It truly has been an amazing experience, and I encourage anyone that would like to get involved on campus to come be a part of the PHE family!
Ana Sepulveda
I am a 3rd year Psychology student and my 3rd year as a Peer Health Educator. I am incredibly blessed to be a part of such a great program. I get to work with people who share my passion of mental health, physical health, and community. We as educators get to learn about the many different components of health and share our knowledge with our peers through events and promotions. I decided to become a Peer Health Educator for an extra-curricular activity, but this program has become so much more to me than that. By being a Peer Health Educator, I get to meet amazing people every week, have fun, make life long friends, and make a difference in the Mount Royal University community.
Leigh-Anne Lincz

 

This is my 3rd year at Mount Royal in the Bachelor of Science program, majoring in Health Science. I am also returning for my third year as an active volunteer with the Peer Health Educators on campus! I am super passionate about health, overall wellness and being socially involved, and being a PHE has provided me all of those opportunities (and more) during my time at MRU. I joined in my very first year of university to help me meet new friends and be involved on campus. I ended up getting more than I bargained for; I joined a team that has helped myself and others (personally, academically and professionally) learn, grow and laugh more than ever. I have had so many wonderful, fun, heartfelt memories and educational opportunities with the Peer Health Educators and Coordinators. I am excited to participate with this group until the end of my university experience and I welcome you to join us too. You will be so happy you did!

Sarah Bolton

Peer to Peer Mental HealthPeer to Peer Mental Health (P2PMH) Leaders are student volunteers committed to raising awareness and educating their peers about mental health and mental illness. As a P2PMH Leader, you will have the opportunity to engage in mental health training, plan outreach events around mental health, facilitate classroom presentations to other students, and promote mental health resources on campus. You will gain communication, leadership, and event planning skills, as well as have the opportunity to work with student leaders across campus to build an inclusive community. 

The P2PMH Leaders meet weekly to plan their initiatives and engage in training opportunities. Additional time commitments include a weekend in September for initial training, event times as determined by the group throughout the course of the semester, and other additional training opportunities as they arise.

For more information on Mental Health programming and initiatives, visit our Mental Health Website.

We are now accepting applications until March 31, 2017 for the 2017-18 academic year:  2017-18 P2PMH Application Form

Let us get involved with you!

The Healthy Campus Team is available to give presentations to MRU classes on a variety of student health topics including mental health. We can also present on health education, health promotion, and using research to inform health promotion practice. For these presentations we use our National College Health Assessment data. Our presentations can be tailored to a specific class and the length can be anywhere from 10 to 90 minutes. Please contact Angela at 403.440.6869 to find out more.