Help improve health and wellness
Our Peer Health and Wellness Educators (PHWEs) are a diverse group of IU students who facilitate health promotion outreach education and programming to their peers to improve their overall health and wellness. They achieve this mission by conducting positive, skills-based, and interactive educational programs and campuswide events.
As a PHWE, you’ll work alongside health promotion professionals to gain experience and information about sexual and reproductive health, stress management, nicotine and vaping cessation, nutrition and relationship education, and alcohol and other substances.
If you become a PHWE, you must enroll in an academic training course the first semester, and the second semester you’ll complete at least one to two hours per week dedicated to health education field experience. You’ll not only build your resume—you’ll also earn course credit!
Have questions or want more information? Come visit us on the third floor of the Health Center or contact Heather Eastman-Mueller.
Create a culture of compassion
- 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.
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
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
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.
Get more information about Crimson CORPS
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