The Counselling Centre

Mental Health Advocates: A Certification Program

Program Objective:

The Counselling Centre has created a new online program to provide all Saint Mary’s students with valuable training and professional development around mental health in order to increase literacy around important topics related to mental health, reduce stigma on campus, and create increased opportunities, both on campus and in future careers. This program may be of particular interest and helpful to student staff and student-led groups, as they are interacting with a large number of students on an ongoing basis.


A core objective of Mental Health Advocates is to equip students with information, insight, and know-how around mental health so that they notice the warning signs, in themselves and their peers, and are able to feel comfortable initiating a conversation, offering general support, and making appropriate referrals.


Students who complete 20 hours of online modules and activities related to this program will be eligible to receive certification on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR). Participation in individual modules will be open to all students, who are able to choose and review topics that are of interest or relevant to them, without having to commit to completing the entire certification process.


This program will run predominantly online, through Brightspace, in order to accommodate the largest number of student participants, campus-wide. For CCR certification, students also have the opportunity to participate in other mental health related activities and events, both on campus and in the community.


To Register:

  • Log on to Brightspace (
  • On the main page, click drop down tab titled Restricted Courses
  • Click Self-Registration - a table will appear
    • Within the table, click the name of the course (Mental Health Advocates)
    • On the Course Offering Description, click Register
    • Fill out the Registration Form and click Submit
    • Click Finish
    • Click Done
  • An email will be sent to the student confirming their enrollment in the course.


Online Modules:

  • Creating Balance in a Non-stop World
  • Emotional Resilience
  • Mindfulness
  • Peers Supporting Peers
  • Personal Boundaries
  • Racial & Cultural Considerations in Mental Health
  • Relationships
  • Stress & Mental Health
  • Suicide Awareness
  • The Impact of Sleep on Mental Health
  • Understanding and Coping with Anxiety
  • Understanding and Coping with Depression
  • Addressing Academic Anxiety


Qualifying for Co-Curricular Record Certification (20 hours):

  • Mandatory: Complete the five core modules:
    • Understanding and Coping with Anxiety
    • Understanding and Coping with Depression
    • Suicide Awareness
    • Peers Supporting Peers
    • Stress and Mental Health
  • Mandatory: Complete a minimum of five of the remaining modules
  • Mandatory: Complete online quizzes (pre-test and post-test)
  • Mandatory: Complete Program Evaluation Assignment (instructions for this assignment are located in the Forms & Assessment section)
  • Optional hours: submit forms for events/activities/other programs attended that are related to mental health (e.g. Life Course). Relevant activities will be posted periodically in the News section; however, any event related to mental health will be considered. Fillable forms are located in the Forms & Assessment section.
  • Optional hours: volunteer with Healthy Minds Team and/or Here 4 Peers
  • Optional: While completing ten modules is a mandatory component for certification, students may choose to complete all as an option to add to their 20 hours

Note: Each module completed will equal one hour toward your Co-Curricular Record hours and completion of the Program Evaluation Assignment is awarded two hours (while it may not take this long to write this assignment, extra time for reviewing modules in order to address assignment points is taken into consideration).


The Mental Health Advocates program is brought to you by the Saint Mary’s University Counselling Centre.

Phone: 902-420-5615| Location: Student Centre, 4th floor | Email: