Student Support Network

The Connecticut College Student Support Network program (SSN) is an ongoing effort to identify and train student leaders on campus in how to identify, reach out, and help other students in distress.

The program aims to improve students’ recognition of signs/symptoms of mental health distress, confidence in reaching out to others in distress, ability to provide support in the moment, and refer to appropriate supportive resources in the community. Unlike many other peer programs, the training is not intended to promote peer counseling or peer education skills.

The program involves a six-week training session during the course of one semester. An average of 15-25 new students are recruited into each training session (either fall or spring semester).  If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact Janet Dee Spoltore, Ph.D., ABPP, Director of Student Counseling Services

Graduates of the SSN Program (pdf)