What is JeffCHAT?

JeffCHAT is a Jefferson student organization that works closely with the David Farber ASPIRE Center and Psychiatry department at Jefferson. Our primary goal is to promote openness about, awareness of, and acceptance for mental health and mental health illnesses.

We do this through our Peer-to-Peer Listening Program and events hosted on campus.

What does CHAT stand for?

  • Connecting
  • Healing
  • Advising
  • Teaching

Peer Listening Service

Peer listeners in the CHAT organization are trained by psychiatry department faculty/ staff to provide a listening ear and social support for other students. They also work with staff to help connect students to higher levels of care, if necessary.

Please note the following stipulations about the CHAT Peer-to-Peer Listening Service:

  • CHAT members are not licensed counselors but do receive ongoing training on how to be a support system for peers.
  • CHAT meetings are limited to 5 visits because peer listeners are not substitutes for licensed counselors.
  • The content of your meetings with a peer listener will remain confidential unless it is determined that professional intervention is needed to keep you and/or others safe.

JeffCHAT is not a crisis service. If you are in crisis and need to speak to someone immediately, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or 911.

If you would like to connect with a CHAT peer listener,

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