Student Wellness Services

Student Wellness Services

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Mental Health Education

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We offer a number of programs designed to help students, faculty and staff support those experiencing mental health problems. 

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


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


  • any campus group by request (e.g., academic departments, faculty members, teaching assistants, student groups)
  • minimum of 15 participants
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Canada

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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.


  • Students $50
  • Queen's Staff/Faculty $75
  • External to Queen's $150

SafeTalk is a three hour session that prepares participants to recognize people who have thoughts of suicide and connect them with suicide intervention resources. Powerful videos illustrate the importance of suicide alertness, while discussion and practice stimulate learning. Participants will learn how to apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, KeepSafe) to connect a person with thoughts of suicide to a suicide first-aid intervention caregiver. Participation for the entire 3-hour session is required. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, you will not be able to join the session and will have to re-register. Participants will receive program materials including a workbook and a certificate of completion.  Please note that if you have taken the 2 day ASIST training, you do not need to attend this session as you will have already covered this material in greater depth.


  • Students $10
  • Queen's Staff/Faculty $20
  • External to Queen's $30

NOTE: for student safeTALK workshop requests outside our offerings the charge is $10 per person