Student Wellness Services

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Mental Health Workshops & Trainings

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

Offerings

Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress (IRSD) - 1 hour

This session provides information about the mental health and mental illness model.  The purpose of this session is to learn how to recognize concerning behaviours among students and how to respond with particular emphasis on someone in immediate distress and/or in crisis. Participants will gain practical tips on what to say and what to do in order to connect someone with the appropriate resources available both on and off campus.

At the end of this 1-hour workshop, participants will:

  • Understand mental health and mental illness using the dual-continuum model
  • Be able to recognize when someone is in distress
  • Know practical steps to take to help someone who is in distress
  • Learn about the mental health resources on and off campus

COST: FREE

Creating a Customized Self-Care Plan - 1 hour

Are you interested in starting a new health habit like being more physically active or eating better but not sure how?  Changing health behaviours can be hard but engaging in positive coping strategies is one of the more effective ways to manage stress.  This workshop will give you a chance to look at what you are currently doing to manage stress and allow you to create (or enhance) you own self-care plan.  Before the end of the workshop, you will also get a chance to develop a specific plan to start engaging in a new health behaviour immediately (or in the very near future).

At the end of this 1-hour workshop, participants will:

  • Understand stress, the stress response and stress management
  • Recognize the benefits of stress and how to harness them
  • Create an individualized self-care plan
  • Develop a specific action plan to start a new health habit

COST: FREE

How to Spot, Speak Out & Stand Up to Stigma - 1 hour

This session gives an overview of what contributes to stigma and the various types that exist.  It also gives an overview of how prevalent mental illness is among students on campus and discusses the impact stigma can have on people living with a mental illness.  Using lived experience videos, interactive case studies and discussion, participants will learn how to spot stigma using the S.T.O.P approach and learn how to stand up and/or speak up against stigma using a bystander intervention model. 

At the end of this 1-hour workshop, participants will:

  • Increase knowledge and awareness of mental illness
  • Gain insight into the various components of stigma and its' impact
  • Learn how to spot subtle and over stigma
  • Learn how to stand up and speak out against stigma

COST: FREE

safeTALK - 3 hours

This session prepares participants to recognize people who are having thoughts of suicide by applying the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, KeepSafe) and to connect them to a suicide first-aid intervention caregiver. Powerful videos illustrate the importance of suicide alertness, while discussion and practice stimulate learning.

At the end of this 3-hour training, participants will:

  • Learn the importance of suicide alertness
  • Learn how to recognize people who are having thoughts of suicide
  • Be able to connect people who are having thoughts of suicide with the appropriate resource

COST: $15 for students, $20 for staff/faculty, $30 for external to Queen's (participants will receive a certificate of completion from LivingWorks)

The Empathy Effect: Countering Bias to Improve Health Outcomes - 4.5 hours

This session is delivered in collaboration with the Self-Management Program of Southeastern Ontario.  It is designed for both healthcare professionals and people working in helping and supporting roles.

At the end of this 4.5-hour workshop, participants will:

  • Understand empathy and its’ impact on health, health outcomes and well-being
  • Identify judgments and bias that impede empathy conveyance
  • Use the IN GEAR model to convey empathy

COST: FREE (participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Institute for Healthcare Communication)

Brief Action Planning - 1 full day

This session is delivered in collaboration with the Self-Management Program of Southeastern Ontario.  It is designed for both healthcare professionals and people working in helping and supporting roles.

At the end of this 7-hour workshop (+ practice sessions), participants will:

  • Learn how to use the Brief Action Planning framework
  • Be able to work with individuals to create action plans that support behavioral changes to improve their health and well-being
  • Gain practical experience by completing 1-2 additional one hour practice sessions

COST: FREE (participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Centre for Collaboration, Motivation and Innovation)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) - 2 full days

This two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.

At the end of this 2 day training, participants will:

  • Be able to recognize when someone is having thoughts of suicide
  • Be able to work with someone who is having thoughts of suicide to create a plan to support their immediate safety
  • Develop important skills to keep someone with thoughts of suicide safe for now through audio-visual learning aids, discussion and practice
  • Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life promotion and self-care

COST: $50 for students, $75 for staff/faculty, $150 for external to Queen's (participants will receive a certificate of completion from LivingWorks)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Canada - 2 full days

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Mental Health First Aid Training aims to improve mental health literacy through greater depth and breadth of understanding of mental health issues.  The purpose of MHFA is to teach participants how best to assist someone showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

At the end of this 2-day training participants will:

  • Improve mental health literacy
  • Learn skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems
  • Learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health problems
  • Be able to provide initial help to someone experiencing a mental health problem
  • Be able to guide someone towards appropriate professional  help

COST: $50 for students, $75 for staff/faculty, $150 for external to Queen's (participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Mental Health Commission of Canada)

If you are interested in organizing a private group workshop or training, please contact mhp.sws@queensu.ca  Please note, we require a minimum of TWO WEEKS notice to schedule a session.