Youth Mental Health Support By Student Volunteers
Anonymous Friend is a volunteer student support service run entirely by students, for students. We are not healthcare professionals and if this is a mental health emergency please contact a health professional. The responders’ role is to provide support and refer students to other resources. The volunteer student responders are trained by the "Mental Health First Aid, Interacting with Youth course" by the Canadian Mental Health Association. Students can message our social media accounts, which gets directed to the responder “on-call” when support is needed. What sets Anonymous Friend apart from other youth mental health helplines, is that the youth will be speaking to an anonymous peer. Additionally, youth have the opportunity to communicate using platforms that they are most familiar with.
This intiative is funded by the YMCA of Oakville through their Social Innovation Project and by the Duke of Edinburgh Foundation through their P2P Grant Award.