The Counselling Centre

Mental Health Advocates: A Certification Program


Program Objective:

To provide Saint Mary’s students with valuable training and professional development in order to increase literacy around important topics related to mental health. Our goal is to help reduce stigma on campus and create increased opportunities for students, both on campus and in future careers.

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 feel comfortable initiating a conversation, offering general support, and making appropriate referrals. This program will be helpful for all students and may be of particular interest to student staff and student-led groups, as they are interacting with peers on an ongoing basis. 

This program runs predominantly online, through Brightspace. However, those who commit to completing the Co-Curricular Record Certification process also have the opportunity to participate in other mental health related activities and events, both on campus and in the community.

Online Modules:

  • Addressing Academic Anxiety
  • Common Mental Health Disorders
  • Creating Balance in a Non-stop World
  • Emotional Resilience
  • Loss and Grief
  • Men’s Mental Health
  • Mental Health Resources
  • Mindfulness
  • Overcoming Distress Intolerance
  • Peers Supporting Peers
  • Perfectionism
  • Personal Boundaries
  • Racial & Cultural Considerations in Mental Health
  • Relationships
  • Stress and Mental Health
  • Suicide Awareness
  • The Impact of Sleep on Mental Health
  • Trauma: Personal Healing & Supporting Others
  • Understanding & Coping with Anxiety
  • Understanding & Coping with Depression

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

Students who complete a minimum of 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 is open to all students, who are able to choose and review topics that are of interest or relevant to them, without committing to completing the entire certification process.

  • Mandatory: Complete the five core modules:
    • Peers Supporting Peers
    • Stress and Mental Health
    • Suicide Awareness
    • Understanding and Coping with Anxiety
    • Understanding and Coping with Depression
  • Mandatory: Complete a minimum of ten of the remaining modules
  • Mandatory: Complete online quizzes (pre-test and post-test), with a minimum grade of 8/10 on the post-test
  • Mandatory: attend and submit forms for events/activities that are related to mental health (e.g. Life Course, Counselling Centre workshops, etc.) for an overall minimum total of three hours. 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.
  • Mandatory: Complete Program Evaluation Assignment (instructions for this assignment are located in the Forms & Assessment section). Completion of the Program Evaluation Assignment is awarded two hours. While it may not take two hours to complete this assignment, extra time for reviewing modules in order to address assignment points is taken into consideration.  
  • Optional: volunteer with one of The Counselling Centre’s student programs (e.g. Healthy Minds Team, MENtality)
  • Optional: While completing a minimum of fifteen modules is a mandatory component for certification, students may choose to complete additional modules as an option to add to their 20 hours. Each module completed will equal 45 minutes toward CCR hours. However, please note that a maximum of 15 hours will be awarded for completing modules, regardless of how many are completed.Note: Self-registration for this program opens in August 2018 and closes in April 2019. However, enrolled students have until August 30, 2019 to reach the 20 hours necessary for CCR certification.

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: