The Boston College chapter of Lean on Me, the peer-to-peer texting mental health support network, has hosted nearly 200 conversations since its launch last year.
“My greatest hope for UGBC, and I guess for the institution as a whole, because I don’t think a lot of UGBC’s problems originate with the organization itself, is that we can increase the opportunities for shared governance at BC. I think that would be a huge step forward.”
The Boston College chapter of the peer-to-peer texting support system Lean On Me officially launched on Jan. 21 and is now available for use by BC students.
Lean on Me—an anonymous student-to-student texting service—will be launching at Boston College this January. The service originated at MIT when, after a string of suicides at the university, a group of students decided to create something to support student mental health.
Formed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016 after a number of suicides had occurred, Lean on Me (LOM) is an active network at five major universities across the country.
The Heights Editorial Board believes that LOM BC is a promising alternative to an overbooked counseling system.
Lean On Me is currently operating at the University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Northeastern University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.