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Leadership Team
Lean On Me: Fordham


Alexa Mancini
Training Coordinator
Alexa is a 2nd year Psychology major, hoping to manage her own therapy practice after college. She spends her free time by painting, writing short stories, exploring new coffee shops, and playing with her dogs. She is very excited to continue participating in the Lean On Me chapter at Fordham.


Ryan Sullivan
Chapter President
Ryan is a Sophomore studying finance at the Gabelli School of Business. He is pursuing a career in investment banking or venture capital. In his free time, Ryan likes to go on drives with friends, watch movies, or learn new recipes to cook.


Prutha Chavan
Marketing Coordinator
Prutha Chavan is studying Marketing in the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University. She is very passionate about wellness and mental health. She hopes to use her artistic and organizational skills to effectively maintain brand identity while providing resources to her peers. Prutha is excited to be a part of Lean on Me and open up a safe space for students.


Cassie Doyle-Hines
Development Coordinator
Cassie is a Junior at Fordham University with a major in Communication and Culture and a minor in Fashion studies. You can find her exploring all of New York City, shopping or baking with her roommates.


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.
How Our Hotline Works
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!
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!
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 4:30am may be longer, and we thank you for understanding that!
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.
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.
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!
Frequently Asked Questions

Supporters are volunteers who share your experiences and are excited to converse with you! They are your peers, as determined by the context of the hotline. (For example, the Fordham hotline's supporters are all Fordham students.) While they are not formally licensed or certified, they do go through our Supporter Training

We're always looking for more people to join the team! If you're interested in applying to be a peer supporter, please go to your chapter's website for more information. If you'd like to be part of the Lean On Me organizational team or software development squad, please email us!

If you're part of a group that is interested in having a Lean On Me hotline, please email us and our team will get back to you as soon as possible. Our service is still in the development phase, but we are looking to expand to other universities as well as other organizations in the future, and would love to start a conversation with you now!

Our goal is to create a low-barrier, stigma-free, peer support network. That means that we take steps to ensure that when you text in, neither you nor the peer you match with see each other’s phone number. While we know how many repeat users we’ve had, we won’t know who those users are, where they live etc. (unless you choose to disclose that information, of course). That also means that we’re peers, not professionals, and maintain some information — including your phone number and conversation history — so that we can transfer you to a mental health professional if the Supporter you’re speaking to feels out of their depth. Because we care about your health and safety, we might also give your contact information to the authorities in certain cases.

We are not a suicide hotline, nor are we trained to deal with crisis-level situations. We’re just kind peers willing to listen and talk, but if you need urgent help or find yourself in a crisis, please call 9-1-1, or text “HOME” to the National Crisis Textline at 741-741.

Feedback is always welcome! If you have a suggestion, please drop us a line at team@lean0n.me! We are constantly thinking about how to improve the Lean On Me network and technology, so we would love to hear from you.

Becoming a Peer Supporter is easy. Take 4 minutes to fill out an application and you will be 33% there.

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