Frequently Asked Questions
When did Bearcat Support Network launch?
The Support Network (SSN) originated in 2015 at the University of Michigan as the Wolverine Support Network (WSN) and since its inception has run ~1,500 Weekly Groups. In 2017, University of Cincinnati was the 2nd expansion university to adopt this model, resulting in the formation of Bearcats Support Network.
Is BSN only for students?
Yes! BSN is created as a resource for students.
Who leads BSN's weekly groups?
Weekly Groups are led by University of Cincinnati students.
After an application and interview process, these students undergo a holistic health and well-being training by various resources to create a space and dialogue that is consistently inviting, inclusive and engaging.
How many students are usually in a specific Weekly Group?
Weekly groups usually consist of 6-10 students.
When and where do Weekly Groups meet?
Students can select a time and place that works best with their schedule.
Is BSN group therapy?
No, but in the past it has been referred to as therapeutic. It is a simply a safe, inclusive, and confidential environment for students to engage honestly with one another.
Is weekly group only for students with mental illness?
No, weekly group is designed for all students, as we hope to address and promote mental health and well-being for all students.