Text to connect with our UC Berkeley peer support network!

Leadership Team
Lean On Me: UC Berkeley

Daniella Ivanir
Chapter Coordinator
Daniella Ivanir is a sophomore at UC Berkeley studying Psychology. She is from Los Angeles and in her free time enjoys making Bossa Nova music, cooking, and playing with her two dogs. She loves good food, live music, traveling, and meeting new people.

Joshua Tran
Recruitment Coordinator
Joshua is a 2nd year Molecular and Cell Biology major with a neurobiology concentration, pursuing medical school after UC Berkeley. He enjoys going on hikes, playing tennis with friends and family, traveling, staying up to date with current events, and spending time at the beach.

Kort Nash
Supporter Coordinator
What’s up! My name is Kort and I’m a second-year student at UC Berkeley majoring in ISF with a focus on how over-policing in Black communities affects adolescent development and mental health. I love reading and always welcome book recommendations from every genre. Aside from reading, I enjoy hiking, listening to music, and scrolling through twitter.

Nicole Wang
Liason Officer
Nicole is a 2nd year cognitive science major, pursuing PM/UX after college. She spends her free time dancing or jamming with friends. She goes to the beach when the weather is nice.

Min Kerr-Schifrin
Marketing Coordinator
Min is a 4th year cognitive science major. She wants to be a stand-up comedian, but that doesn’t seem to pay well, so a professor as a backup. She is very passionate about mental health, witty, raunchy humor, and the outdoors.

Leah Totsubo
Training Coordinator
Leah is a 2nd year student originally from Los Angeles. She is currently undecided, but wants to pursue something math related. Leah loves drawing, sewing, and reading, and going to the beach.

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

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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 UC Berkeley hotline's supporters are all UC Berkeley 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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