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Leadership Team
Lean On Me: UChicago

Julie Chael
Chapter Coordinator
Julie is a fourth-year studying chemistry and biochemistry, planning to continue to medical school after graduation. She spends most of her free time reading, petting cats, and looking at the stars (or at least the few that are visible in Chicago).

Sofie Lie
Vice President
Sofie is a third year in the college interested in literature and economics and is trying to find the intersection between the two. She can be found trying to untangle her headphones, doing art in various forms, or reading.

Randy Ramirez
Training Coordinator
Randy’s studies stem from the many hours he sunk into political campaigns back home. In his free time he can be found as an executive for both MUNUC and ChoMUN, the two Model UN conferences on campus, competing on the Mock Trial and Archery Team, playing Smash, or listening to an odd assortment of music!

Mallory Moore
Training Coordinator
Mallory is a second-year interested in studying the intersection of literature, history, and politics. She loves running, crossword puzzles, and brunch.

Liana Massey
Events and Outreach Coordinator
Liana is a second year interested in studying feminist theory in modern and historical contexts. She wants to pursue a career in women’s health, maybe as a certified nurse midwife. In her free time, you can find her watching the Bachelorette or exploring Chicago with her friends.

Isadora Kucera
Supporter Coordinator
Isa is a third year passionate about engineering research, STEM education, and empowering women, and girls in science. When she is not wandering around lab running some experiment or solving a problem set, Isa can be found watching a movie, baking, reading, petting as many dogs as possible, or checking out a museum.

Rebeka Pushkar
Finance Coordinator
Rebeka is a fourth year in the College who loves 20th century Russian literature and feminist theory. In her free time she can be found at Doc Films, a student-run film society or reading in her apartment.

Christine Park
Christine is a second year in the college studying economics, thinking of pursuing a career in investment banking. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, exploring downtown Chicago, and playing golf.

Lean On Me automatically and anonymously matches peers to create crowd-sourced texting networks of instantaneous support across organizations. We envision a world where everybody has someone to lean on.
How Our Hotline Works

Text Our Hotline

Find a hotline number in your community, and then text an whatever you'd like to talk about to the hotline! 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 to you, and to be there for you – the topic of conversation is your choice!

Match With a Supporter

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

Receive a Reply

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

Have a Conversation

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

End the Conversation

Conversations should 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 it should take ~4.20min and we would really appreciate it. Your input will have a very real effect on the future of Lean On Me, and on any 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 UChicago hotline's supporters are all UChicago 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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