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.