Mental Health Education
Student Affairs offers a number of programs designed to help students, faculty and staff support those experiencing mental health issues.
These programs aim to:
- help provide timely, professional, compassionate care to students in distress
- raise awareness about the personal and developmental impact of mental health problems
- help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness
- provide information and support to members of our community who are supporting individuals experiencing mental health challenges
- encourage people to talk and help create more openness about mental health
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Canada
The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.
The program does not teach people how to be therapists. It does teach people how to:
- recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems
- provide initial help
- guide a person towards appropriate professional help
MHFA shares the same overall purpose as traditional first aid - to save lives. It aims to:
- preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others
- provide help to prevent the mental health problem from developing into a more serious state
- promote the recovery of good mental health
- provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem
- 2 sessions per year
- 12 hours over 2 days
- lectures, videos, role plays, and case studies
This program is available to all members of the Queen’s community - faculty, staff and students and by request to other groups (e.g., International Educators Training Program)
- Student Affairs staff - $65
- Queen's faculty and staff - $115
- Queen's alumni and community members - $200
- Students - $50
The next offering of the Mental Health First Aid Course for Queen's students, staff and faculty is
Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21st. Please follow this link to register: http://www.queensu.ca/hcds/workshops/ For inquiries and to arrange payment, please contact Lauren Sharpe at ext. 75154 or be email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health First Aid Refresher
This one-hour session is for individuals who have successfully completed the MHFA certificate course.
This session is free of charge and provides participants with an opportunity to review the important intervention skills based on the five MHFA actions - ALGEE - and ask questions.
Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress (IRSD)
This 45-minute session is designed to raise awareness of, and provide information about:
- mental health
- incidence of mental health problems among students
- behaviours of concern
- how to respond to students in crisis
- campus and community resources
- how to quickly access professional help for consultation or direct service
- single-session (~45 minutes)
- short lecture and videos
- any campus group by request (e.g., academic departments, faculty members, teaching assistants, student groups)
- minimum of 15 participants
Mental Health Awareness and Response (MHAR)
This 3-hour session provides participants with:
- basic mental health awareness (i.e., mental health continuum, stigma, and most common forms of mental health issues)
- basic helping skills
- resource awareness – on-campus and in Kingston
- single-session format (3 hours)
- lecture, videos, and case studies
- any campus group on request (e.g., academic departments, faculty members, teaching assistants, student clubs)
- minimum of 15 participants
Program Costs and Registration
To register, go to: http://queensu.ca/hcds/workshops/
We are committed to ensuring that information, resources, room bookings and services are as accessible as possible. If you require special accommodation, please let us know in advance if we can help with alternative formats.
Contact Lauren Sharpeat 613-533-6000-75154 or any special requests or questions.