History of the Organization
The Ears for Peers hotline was founded in 1988, and we continue to abide by the main principles and functions that existed when the line was created.
We provide an anonymous and confidential resource for students, by lending a listening ear. We are a unique hotline in that our volunteers are students who can sympathize and empathize with callers, their fellow peers. Sometimes students feel more comfortable speaking with a peer than an adult, a professional, or a friend. Ears for Peers strives to help callers feel comfortable talking about what is bothering them. Our goal is to help students feel heard and understood. Every caller presents with a unique story, and so any suggestions we offer are tailored to the student’s specific needs. As students ourselves, we understand that sometimes it helps to vent and talk to someone else about a problem.
Ears for Peers also endeavors to make students aware of other resources that can help them beyond our organization’s capacity. These other sources of help might be specific administrators, friends, groups on campus, like culture houses, or clubs. We also make referrals to counseling and other psychological help hotlines when students are in need.
We look forward to continuing to provide this resource for our peers!
Information on Calls
Ears for Peers receive about 100 calls and texts each semester.
Call topics include, but are not limited to: roommate issues, loneliness, academic stress, difficulty adjusting to Tufts, difficulty making friends, anxiety, depression, questions about sexual orientation, difficulty with eating or body image, self harm, and suicidal ideation.
We truly receive calls about almost every topic you could imagine, and we strive to create a non-judgmental environment for callers to share their thoughts and feelings. Regardless of the topic, Ears for Peers is here to listen and support our callers.