Crimson CORPS

Students supporting students

When you don’t know who to talk to, Crimson CORPS is here for you.

Crimson CORPS (Caring, Open-Minded, Respectful Peer Support) is a group of IU undergraduate students trained by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff to provide informal, accepting, non-judgmental support to their peers.

Members participate in more than 30+ hours of informational and experiential training. Crimson CORPS can help you and others can feel heard, validated, and understood when bridging the gap between students and CAPS. Look for us in classrooms, dorms, and on campus.

Request a presentation

Mental health issues are extremely common among college students, but sometimes it can be hard to know how to help a friend. Is your organization or group interested in learning more?

Our trained Crimson CORPS presenters will deliver an interactive one-hour program that will help you learn to tune in and take action. You’ll learn about mental health issues common among college students, how to tell when a friend may be in distress, and what to do when you think someone needs help. You’ll also get information about counseling and emergency services available at IU.

To request a presentation, fill out our request form and choose “Crimson CORPS presentation.”

Request a Crimson CORPS presentation

Create a culture of compassion

Are you an undergraduate student with:

  • A passion for helping others?
  • An interest in mental health, with hope of improving awareness and reducing stigma?
  • An openness to expanding your sense of compassion, tolerance, and appreciation of yourself and others?
  • A desire to make a difference in the lives of your fellow students?

Consider applying to join Crimson CORPS (Caring, Open-Minded, Respectful Peer Support), a group of carefully selected undergraduate students who are trained to provide informal, accepting, nonjudgmental peer support. We bring awareness to emotional well-being and mental health through peer-to-peer support, advocacy, and outreach on campus.

Interested in joining Crimson CORPS?

The application period for the 2020-2021 academic year has now closed. Our online application form will be available in the spring 2021.

What you'll learn

As a Crimson CORPS member, you’ll be trained and supervised by professional staff at IU’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). You’ll acquire skills that will be useful in all aspects of your life. You’ll participate in more than 30 hours of informational, experiential training in which you’ll gain:

  • Knowledge about mental health issues college students face, including depression, anxiety, suicide, disordered eating and body image, sexual assault, and substance problems
  • The ability to recognize signs of distress in a fellow student
  • Basic intervention skills including listening, attending, and empathic response
  • Appropriate referral techniques
  • Awareness of issues that prevent students from seeking help, including fear, shame, stigma, or cultural issues
  • Experience engaging people from different backgrounds

What's required?

Crimson CORPS is a commitment, but one that’s rewarding on many levels. If you’re accepted, here’s what will be required of you:

  • Attend one half-day training per semester
  • Attend one 90-minute training session per month
  • Participate in monthly task team meetings
  • Commit to volunteer for the full academic year (fall and spring semesters)
  • Participate in two outreach programs per semester

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