Supporting student mental health: workshops for faculty and staff

Did you know that The Counselling Centre offers free mental health training to all faculty and non-student staff?

According to Statistics Canada , youth aged 15-24 are the most likely group to live with the effects of a mental illness. With most university students in this age range, it is essential that those working on university campuses are comfortable recognizing and responding to students in distress.

 The Mental Health Series provides practical tools to help you respond to and support these students. Please see below for details about each session, including images highlighting key content and learning.

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Mental Health 101: Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress 

This session is part of the Stay Connected Mental Health Project (SCMHP). Attendees will learn the signs that a student may be in distress, along with how to approach those students and have a supportive conversation. Information about on and off campus resources will also be presented. MH101 is delivered jointly by a representative of the SCMHP, The Counselling Centre and a student Peer Supporter.

Mental Health 101 will be offered on 
Tuesday, Sep 24th 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday, Oct 17, 9:30- 11:30 am
Private Dining Room in Loyola (L298)
Register now!  

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Mental Health 202: Practical Approaches for Supporting Students who are Stressed, Anxious and/or Depressed

MH202 presents more detailed information about three of the top five concerns that students report impede their academic performance: stress, anxiety and depression. The signs that a student may be living with those concerns will be discussed while practical strategies to help them during difficult moments (i.e. writing an exam) will be taught. Self-care practices, including boundary setting, for faculty and staff will also be explored. MH202 will be delivered jointly by a Saint Mary’s University student and a representative from The Counselling Centre.

Mental Health 202 will be offered on 
Wed Nov 13th 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Private Dining Room in Loyola (L298) Register now! 

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Mental Health 303: Risk of Suicide and Facilitating Referrals for Students 

MH303 is a session dedicated to the discussion of suicide. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people age 10-24, which encompasses a large potion of students on our campus. Attendees will become knowledgeable of the warnings signs of suicide in student populations while gaining an understanding of risk in order to select the most appropriate referral source. Some time will be devoted to skill practice to increase confidence talking about suicide with students. MH303 will be delivered jointly by a Saint Mary’s University student and a representative from The Counselling Centre.

Mental Health 303 will be offered on:
Thu Dec 5th 2:00pm
Private Dining Room in Loyola (L298) Register now!  

Please note, it is mandatory to take the sessions in sequence, as each session presents information and skills in a progressive manner. Individuals that complete all three sessions will be provided with a completion certificate.

Registration is required. Please visit to do so. If you have any questions about the sessions please do not hesitate to contact The Counselling Centre at or (902) 420-5615.