What is the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program?
Middle Earth offers critical peer assistance services to UAlbany students — especially during evenings and on weekends, when other support services are harder to access. We've created a video introduction to our Peer Assistance Program that explains more about it.
Our student volunteers are trained by mental health professionals to help their peers address the common concerns many college students face, such as:
- Adjustment to college life
- Academic concerns
- Relationships and sex
- Alcohol and/or drug concerns
- Sexual and gender identity
- Finding sources of help and support
- Just needing to talk
Some students are more comfortable speaking with trained peers. What you tell us is private. If you wish, you may remain anonymous (meaning you don’t tell us your name).
We’ll listen and help you arrive at your own best solution.
How can Middle Earth help?
Call our Peer Assistance Hotline at 518-442-5777.
The hotline is available during the fall and spring semesters, with the following schedule:
- Monday through Thursday: 1 p.m. to midnight
- All weekend, starting 1 p.m. Friday until midnight Sunday
Peer Wellness Coaching is a free, confidential service for all UAlbany students.
Students who sign up for wellness coaching meet with a peer coach in person for one to three, 45-minute sessions to:
discuss ways to improve or maintain their overall well-being
identify and set goals for change
receive support in making those changes
Your coach will recommend resources for continuing your work, including referrals to on-campus services (such as CAPS, Campus Recreation, Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, etc.) and off-campus options.
After your third appointment, you can also meet with another coach to continue working on your other short-term goals.
Our Peer Wellness Coaches complete multiple semesters of supervised training in motivational interviewing to help students with healthy eating, physical activity, sleep habits, technology use, work/life balance, study habits, social connections and campus involvement.
There are two ways to sign up:
Our Peer Wellness Ambassadors offer programs, consultation, theme weeks and resource development on campus.
Campus groups — such as student organizations (including fraternities and sororities), athletic teams, residence halls and academic classes — may request presentations and workshops on topics such as:
Alcohol and other drug harm reduction
Identifying and coping with stress
Procrastination and time management
Dimensions of well-being
Balancing school and life
Body image and eating
To request programming or partnership, please email [email protected].
How can I get involved in Middle Earth?
Anyone can give to Middle Earth. Your donation will help us continue our more than 50-year history of supporting UAlbany students' health and well-being.
We accept applications for Hotline Assistants, Peer Wellness Ambassadors and Peer Wellness Coaches each semester. All registered undergraduate students are eligible to apply.
Selections are made toward the end of each semester, then training classes begin for the following semester and last for the entire term. Course credit is available through the School of Education’s Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology.
Apply online. Applications are due on November 15 for spring semester training or on April 15 for fall semester training.
Visit our MyInvolvement page for additional information.
We encourage graduate students to review the Health & Well-being Internships & Training Programs page, which outlines available graduate assistantships and internships.
Graduate students can also get involved with Middle Earth by enrolling in our independent study course in Prevention and Health Promotion (ECPY 697 at the master's level and ECPY 890 at the doctoral level).