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anonymous peer support via text

Our mission

Lean On Me strengthens communities by providing peer-to-peer text lines that allow for easy access to confidential non-crisis support. We envision a world where anyone can seek and receive emotional support.

Our chapters

Since our establishment at MIT in September of 2016, Lean On Me has established 13 active Chapters at universities throughout the country with more launching every year. To find a hotline near you, please click here. 

How our hotlines work

Lean On Me hotlines allow students to talk to trained peer Supporters in a convenient and anonymous setting. To learn more about our training process, please click here.

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1. Text our hotline

Find your community's hotline number and text in whatever you’d like to talk about! This can range from brief messages such as “All of my friends are busy and I want someone to talk to” to a longer, more serious message. Our Supporters are here to listen and be there for you - the topic is your choice!

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3. Receive a reply

The expected wait time is just under 5 minutes. While the service is available at any time, please remember that Supporters are your peers, who lead their own busy lives and occasionally remember to sleep. So the wait time for a conversation sent in at 4:30 AM may be longer, and we thank you for understanding that!

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5. End the conversation

Conversations last for as long as you would like them to, and you can end a conversation with a Supporter at any time by texting “/bye” to the hotline. If you text again you will be matched with a new Supporter and they will not see what you wrote before.

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2. Match with a Supporter

Once a text is received, all active Supporters will be informed that a request has come in, and within a few minutes you will be matched with one!

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4. Have a conversation

You can now have a conversation with the Supporter! Feel free to text for as long as you like. If you ever feel uncomfortable with a Supporter text “/flag”, and we’ll match you with another! For a full list of commands, text “/help” to the hotline. Supporters never see your slash commands.

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6. Provide feedback

Once a conversation ends, you will be asked to provide feedback, helping make the service better for future users. By no means is this mandatory, but we would really appreciate it. Your input will have a very real effect on the future of Lean On Me, and on changes we make to the service!

Choose your hotline

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Northeastern University

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Carnegie Mellon University

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Boston College

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UC Santa Barbara

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Fordham University

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UC Berkeley

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University of Maryland

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Duke University

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University of Virginia

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Misericordia University

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Your University?

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Meet our peer support enthusiasts

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Amin

Cofounder

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Ainsley (Boston College ’23) build out Lean On Me's marketing strategy across a variety of social media platforms. Thanks to her you can find us on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and TikTok!

Ainsley

Director of Marketing

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Bruny (Duke ’20) works on data analytics and community building across Lean On Me’s chapters. She has worked with NAMI, the NIMH, and is currently pursuing an MD at GW University

Bruny

Director of Analytics

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Catherine

NLP Engineer

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Daniel (MIT ’18) works to ensure that Lean On Me is as impactful, efficient, transparent, and data-driven as possible. He is currently pursuing a PhD in consumer behavior at UCLA.

Daniel

Chief Executive Officer

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Kyle

Director of Finance

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Rami (MIT ’19) is devoted to leveraging technology for a positive social impact. He works as a software engineer at Applied Intuition and ensures that the Lean On Me platform continues to run smoothly.

Rami

Chief Technology Officer

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We're always looking for strong new volunteers to join us on the National team. There's lots of work to be done and many interesting questions to be answered.

You?

Join our team!

Let us Lean On You, so that more people can Lean On Us!

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