Student Wellness Services

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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

Training

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

Delivery:

  • single-session (~45 minutes)
  • short lecture and videos

Audiences:

  • 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

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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 removable 'sticker' that can be placed on your workstation/door to identify you as an individual trained in responding to mental health issues.

Delivery:

  • 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)
  • Minimum 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

Delivery:

  • 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.

Fees:

  • 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 SWS website!

For inquiries and to arrange payment, please contact Lauren Sharpe at ext. 75154 or by email at sharpel@queensu.ca.