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Mental Health Education

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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.


  • Student Affairs staff  - $65
  • Queen's faculty and staff - $115
  • Queen's alumni and community members - $200
  • Students - $50

Find out when the Mental Health First Aid course is next being offered and register at the Student Wellness Services website!

For inquiries and to arrange payment, please contact Logan Reid at ext. 75154 or by email 

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 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, Anti-Stigma, Response

This 3-hour session provides participants with:

  • an increased understanding of mental health, mental illness and the experience of stigma;
  • strategies to recognize signs of a mental health problem;
  • increased comfort in interacting with someone who may have a mental health problem;
  • skills and knowledge to support a person who may  have a mental health problem; 
  • a removeable 'sticker' that can be placed on your workstation/door to identify you as an individual trained in responding to mental health issues.


  • single-session format (3 hours)
  • lecture, videos, interactive case studies

Audiences: Any campus group on request (e.g., academic departments, faculty members, teaching assistants, student clubs)

Program Costs and Registration

Go to the Student Wellness Services Workshops website

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 Logan Reid at 613-533-6000 ext. 75154 for any special requests or questions.

On-line Resources

New! More Feet on the Ground - a website with quizzes designed to help you recognize, respond and refer students experiencing mental health issues on campus.  This resource was developed by the Council of Ontario Universities, Brock University and the Ontario government and has been customized for Queen's.

Student Wellness Services Self-help Workbook Series - Developed by counsellors at Queen's Counselling Services, these workbooks can be downloaded or you can get a printed copy from Student Wellness Services. They all include a list of campus and community resources. 

Your Best You: Improving Your Mood - This workbook can help you understand your mood, develop practical problem-solving skills and learn to manage your mood,

Your Best You: Managing Your Anxiety - This workbook includes information about anxiety, basic anxiety management techniques and coping strategies for specific types of anxiety

Just As I Am: The Practice of Self-Care And Compassion - This workbook can help you free yourself from self-criticism and feelings of low self-worth and it can help you relate to yourself with more flexibility and kindness.

Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) - Student Wellness Services is expanding options for mental health support for all Queen’s students. TAO provides 24/7 secure access to online resources to help students manage stress and anxiety.