All About 5050 Peer Helpers

Above: The 5050 peer helpers of 2019: Ben Hoffman ’21, Lisa Orlando ’21, Bailey Harper ’22 and Trevor Holak ’20
Photo provided by: Bailey Harper

Marj O’Neill ’21, Staff Writer

There is more emotional support available for students beyond normal counseling services at LVC.

5050 peer helpers are student workers for the counseling services in Shroyer Health Center who are trained to work one-on-one with fellow students to discuss issues such as relationships, academic concerns and anxiety. 5050 peer helpers also run weekend social groups on Saturday and Sunday from 6-7 p.m. in the Tweedie room in the Allan W. Mund College Center. In addition, they help run outreach events throughout the year for things like Suicide Prevention Week, a mood & anxiety screening, body image and more.

“The most rewarding aspect of being a 5050 is knowing I am trusted by others and that I have the ability to make a difference,” Bailey Harper, a sophomore 5050 peer helper, said. “Whether it’s working one-on-one with someone, or meeting new people at our weekend groups, or encouraging someone to come fill out surveys, it’s extremely rewarding to know I am making an impact (along with my amazing coworkers) at LVC.”

This group are mandated reporters, and completed training in Title IX and Brave Zone. They have walk-in hours every weekday from 11-1 p.m. on the second floor of Shroyer. Sessions with a peer helper are private but not confidential like meeting with a professional counselor.
“Pre-Thanksgiving break stress is real, and it is here,” Harper said. “My biggest advice is to make sure you are taking care of yourself. Don’t sacrifice eating, your sleep, or plainly, your mental health, for a grade.”

This time of year can be very overwhelming, and Harper along with the other 5050 peer helpers want to remind students they are not alone, and they are here for students who need emotional support. 5050 peer helpers are also available to provide educational programs to student groups on topics like Alcohol & Drug Education, Sexual Assault Prevention and Suicide Prevention and can be contacted by phone at (717)-868-5050 or email to schedule.

Students with questions about 5050 peer helpers or counseling services can contact Dr. Stevie Falk.