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CCSU Natural Helpers 

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Mission: 

CCSU Natural Helpers support student wellness, helping fellow students meet their personal and academic potential, with particular emphais on physical, emotional, spritutal, intellectual, and social wellbeing.    

 

 

What is a Natural Helper?

What do Natural Helpers do?

When do Natural Helpers train?

What skills are Natural Helpers trained in?

What outreach programs do the Natural Helpers participate in?

What campus and community groups do the Natural Helpers collaborate with?

How do I become a Natural Helper?

 


 

Q: What is a Natural Helper?

Natural Helpers are CCSU students who work out of the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education, part of Student Wellness Services. They volunteer their time to be a peer resource to students. Natural Helpers are nominated by their peers, staff and faculty. They are nominated because they have good listening skills, are leaders, and have a genuine concern for others. Natural Helpers receive training on wellness promotion, including preventing substance abuse.

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Q: What do Natural Helpers do?

Natural Helpers are dedicated to provide peer support to fellow students. They collaborate with other campus and community organizations to provide wellness support through education, with particular emphasis on physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and social wellbeing.

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Q: When do Natural Helpers Train?

Natural Helpers attend one all-day training during the Fall semester. At this training they learn about important Wellness and prevention topics, many of which they will use on campus. During the academic year, they receive additional training and prepare for programs. Natural Helpers' hold weekly meetings to plan programming.

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Q: What skills are Natural Helpers trained in?

  • Counseling and Listening Skills
  • Drug and Alcohol Prevention
  • Leadership Skills
  • Diversity Training
  • Self-Care
  • Stress Management
  • Referral Skills
  • Suicide Prevention

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Q: What outreach programs do the Natural Helpers participate in?

  • Hosting Safe House Parties
  • CHOICES about High/Low Risk Drinking
  • BASICS Referrals
  • National Alcohol Awareness Day
  • Great American Smoke Out
  • Stress Busters
  • Depression/Anxiety Screening
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Nutrition Awareness

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Q: What campus and community groups do the Natural Helpers collaborate with?

  • Presidential Advisory Council on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
  • Residence Hall Programming
  • Devil's Den @ 10
  • RECentral
  • NAMI on Campus
  • Town and Gown Task Force
  • CCSU Police Departments
  • Other clubs and organization Events

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Q: How do I become a Natural Helper?

Send us the name(s) of anyone who you believe would make a good natural helper. In order for this form to be valid we must get the complete name, and an accurate phone number and/or email address. Please contact Sandi Zak, Interim Wellness Programs Administrator at 860-832-1618 or at rosezak@ccsu.edu.

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