Become a Peer Supporter

Support yourself.
Support your peers.

We’re offering free training and paid part-time peer supporter jobs for college students.

Get paid as a certified peer supporter.

Peer supporters use their own lived experience of mental health challenges to help others. A certified peer supporter has gone through training and received a certification that demonstrates their skills and knowledge. Flourish Labs is delivering trainings in partnership with Youth Era, a peer-led organization based in Oregon, and Futuro Health, an organization that provides solutions to the healthcare workforce shortage.

As a Certified Peer Supporter in our network, you will help other students who want support with their mental health. This is a part-time role you can do in between classes, after classes, over the weekend, and entirely online.

How do I get involved?

If you’re interested in being a certified peer supporter, complete the job application on our careers page. Interview with the Flourish Labs team, complete a training at no cost, and start sessions with fellow peers!

Students who want support will be able to find certified peer supporters in our network who match their needs, and book support sessions via our digital platform.

Empower yourself and others. Convert your experience of mental health challenges into skills to help others. Free training. And a meaningful paid job that fits around your college work. Not bad for the work/life balance, we think. What are you waiting for?

Frequently asked questions

What is peer support?

A peer is someone we identify with because we have shared identity or experience. This might be age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, speaking the same language, being a veteran, an immigrant or from the same country or town. 

In mental health, a peer is usually used to refer to someone who shares the experience of living with mental health challenges. Peer supporters offer emotional support, share knowledge, teach skills, and provide advice based on their own experience.

You can read more about peer support including its history and the evidence behind it on the Mental Health America website.

What is a certified peer supporter?

A certified peer supporter has gone through training and received a certification that demonstrates their skills and knowledge. In order to hold the title of certified peer supporter, you must have completed an eligible training.

What is the peer supporter job you are offering? How do I apply?

As a certified peer supporter in our network, you will provide support to other students who want support with their mental health. This is a part-time role that you can do in between classes, after classes, over the weekend, and entirely online. You will gain valuable work experience, be paid for your work, and make change in your peers’ lives.

Students who want support will be able to find certified peer supporters in our network who match their needs, and book support sessions via our digital platform.

If you already have done peer support training elsewhere, you can apply directly to become a peer supporter without completing the trainings we offer*.

Here’s how to get involved:

  1. Complete the application on our careers page.
  2. Interview with Flourish Labs team.
  3. Complete training (cost covered by Flourish Labs). Complete a post-training assessment to earn your state certificate. *If you are already a certified peer supporter, you can skip this step. 
  4. Get onboarded on our peer support platform peers.net.
  5. Start peer support sessions!
What’s the training that you are offering, and who runs it? 

We are partnering with Youth Era and Futuro Health to offer peer support training. You have two choices:

  • Youth Era’s PeerPlus training is a forty-hour Oregon Health Authority (OHA) approved training for Peer Support Specialists that is specifically tailored to fit the needs of youth and young adult peer support providers. All Youth Era trainers have lived experience of mental health challenges, and deep experience in peer support. 
  • We are also offering an eighty-hour asynchronous Futuro Health credential. You will learn how to assist people in developing recovery objectives, practice self-empowerment tactics, and take meaningful actions toward establishing fulfilling, self-determined lives. 

See below for the differences between these trainings.

How long does the training program take? Is it in person or online?

Some of our training courses are intensives with 4 hours a day, while others are more spread out and self paced. PeerPlus takes place over a two week period from 10am-4pm PST every day. Futuro Health is an 80 hour training course that you can do on your own time.  

Currently, all our training programs are delivered online via Zoom so you can participate from anywhere with a good internet connection and privacy. We might offer on-campus training events at our partner colleges in the future.

What will I learn in the training course?

You will learn a variety of skills which enable you to be a peer supporter, but they might also come in handy in other parts of your life!

  • Listening skills. You will learn about active listening skills, validating, and asking open-ended questions to better understand the peer you are working with.
  • Building rapport. You will learn how to quickly build rapport with your peers that deepens your relationships and builds trust.
  • Focus on strengths. You will learn how to identify strengths in yourself and in other people to help them reach their full potential.
  • Self-care. You will learn about the importance of self-care, and how to teach others the importance of prioritizing their own wellness.
  • Coping. You will learn about important coping skills and brainstorm activities for you and your peers to utilize in the future.
  • Safety. You will learn how to keep yourself and your peer safe, and when to get help from a peer support supervisor.
Who is eligible for the training?

We welcome a diverse group of participants from all walks of life. To apply, you need to:

  • 17 years old
  • Have lived experience of mental health challenges or emotional distress or trauma.You do not need to have a formal diagnosis of a mental health condition
  • Be willing to share your story in the context of peer support
  • Have been active in your recovery/wellness journey, and out of inpatient and/or hospitalization for at least 6 months
  • Have a High School Diploma or equivalent (GED, HiSET, etc)
  • Be enrolled in a college or university
When is the next training program?

The next PeerPlus training is from October 17th-28th, 2022. If you aren’t able to make this upcoming training, we are accepting signups on a rolling basis for future training dates, so you can sign up now to get early registration access to future courses. We’ll share dates closer to the time.

The Futuro Health training can be done in your own time, starting from October 1st, 2022. 

How much does the training cost?

Flourish Labs will cover the cost for supporters to complete the training once they have passed our interview process.

Do I get a certificate or badge after the training?

If you pass the requirements set by the state of Oregon after PeerPlus, or the state of California after completing the Futuro Health Peer Support Specialist Training, you will receive a certification.

What is the Flourish Labs peer support network? 

We are launching a beta version of the Flourish Labs peer support network this fall. Students who want support will be able to find certified peer supporters in our network who match their needs, and book support sessions via our digital platform. If you are interested in being one of our beta testers, sign up for our waitlist here.