The Counselling Centre

The Mental Health Series

All faculty and staff at Saint Mary’s University (excluding student staff) have the opportunity to partake in mental health training to offer our students the best support and experience possible while on our campus. The Counselling Centre offers three different sessions designed to increase your confidence supporting students in various levels of distress. It is mandatory that all interested faculty and staff proceed through the sessions in sequence, as each session presents information and skills in a progressive manner.

Mental Health 101: Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress

This session is part of the Stay Connected Mental Health Project (SCMHP). It focuses on how to identify a student in distress, as well as how to have a supportive conversation with that student. Resources on and off campus are reviewed and how to make an appropriate referral is discussed. Material is presented by a representative of the SCMHP, The Counselling Centre and a student Peer Supporter.

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

This session provides more detailed information about three of the top five student reported concerns that impede academic performance (stress, anxiety and depression). Ample time is provided to engage in case consultation or case scenario discussion with colleagues and how to set and maintain boundaries appropriate for your role will be discussed. Material will be presented by a representative of The Counselling Centre and a student Peer Supporter.

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

This session focuses solely on suicide in student populations. The signs indicative of suicidality will be discussed, as well as how to broadly and generally assess risk in an effort to make the most appropriate referral.  Material will be presented by a representative of The Counselling Centre and a student Peer Supporter.

Individuals that complete all three sessions will be provided with a certificate for their time.

Please watch for posters across campus, as well as email mail outs, social media posts and other forms of promotion throughout the academic year. There are usually two of each session offered per semester at various times on various days. To register for a session please visit http://www.smu.ca/campus-life/faculty-and-staff-workshop.html. If you have any questions about the sessions please do not hesitate to contact us at counselling@smu.ca.