Welcome to Princeton Peer Nightline!

During our open hours (see below), chat online by connecting to the chat service at this link. Just sign on, create an anonymous identity, and chat with one of our volunteers. Tentatively starting on Sunday November 6, you can also speak to us anonymously on the phone by calling 609-297-7332.

  • Please wait at least five minutes for a response! Sometimes the chat service will tell you that you are connected immediately, but there is a slight delay before we receive your chat request, so please stay online and do not close the window or tab for at least five minutes.
  • Please use a computer instead of your phone to chat if possible! We have had a history of interrupted chats due to poor phone connections. If you still want to use your phone to chat, please do not close the chat tab as this will disconnect the chat!

When can I chat/call?

For the fall 2022 semester, our chat services are available at the following times:

  • Sunday 10pm – 12am
  • Monday 8pm – 10pm
  • Thursday 10pm – 12am

After a long hiatus, our call services are also returning this semester. They are tentatively scheduled to return on November 6 and repeat every Sunday evening at the same time as our chat shifts, 10pm – 12am. Call this number to talk: 609-297-7332.

Please watch the residential college listservs for emergency updates in shift times. We try to be as punctual as possible, but server maintenance or volunteers dealing with emergency conflicts may occasionally force us to stop our services suddenly on a given night. We apologize in advance; thank you for understanding! 

Occasionally, we may receive a high volume of calls/chats, and we may not able to take your request in a timely manner. We will try to respond within a ten-minute window at the most, so please wait for at least five minutes. If it’s an urgent matter, please consider calling the CPS on-call counselor at (609) 258-3141. 

What do we offer?

Princeton Peer Nightline is an anonymous peer listening service. Our listeners are students of Princeton University who have been trained and certified as helpline volunteers. We provide empathetic, non-judgmental support to students who wish to share a problem, are in need of information, or just want to talk about whatever is on their mind. Whether it’s relationships, academic stress, a fight with a friend or parent, depression, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, roommate troubles, or just a really bad day, we’re here to listen and make sure that no student has to face their problems alone.

Peer Nightline volunteers do not provide professional counseling, but rather supportive listening. Students in crisis will be directed to appropriate professional resources including the CPS counselor on call. We highly recommend that students who are experiencing mental health emergencies reach out to the on-call counselor at CPS (609) 258-3141 or to Public Safety at (609) 258-1000.

What happens when I chat/call?

One of our trained peer nightline volunteers will answer the phone/chat. After that, what we talk about is up to you: you can choose to share as much or as little as you like. No matter what you’re dealing with, our peer listeners will be able to provide empathetic support, resources, and a safe space to explore what is on your mind.