Mental Health Training

The following trainings are currently offered for students, staff, and faculty. We also occasionally offer open trainings for individuals. Students can see currently available training opportunities on GryphLife, and Faculty and Staff should check the Learning & Development event calendar


Email to book training or discuss which option is suitable for your group


More Feet on the Ground

More Feet on the Ground is an educational website on how to recognize, respond and refer students experiencing mental health issues on campus.

Recommended for: All members of the University community including students, staff and faculty.
Registration: Complete online module independently at
Cost: None
Length: Less than 30 minutes

Beyond the Books

Beyond the Books is a face to face session that will first provide participants with general information on the prevalence of mental challenges and illness. It will then help participants to identify signs of troubling behaviour and give them skills to engage in a preliminary discussion to determine if referral to a professional is necessary.  Participants will also learn how and where to refer appropriately in a compassionate and effective manner. This session is designed for individuals who do not have ongoing relationships with individuals but whose roles are such that they may have one-off, in-depth conversations. 

Recommended for: Individuals who may be in positions to see behaviour and have conversations with students, but have no responsibility for the individuals, nor involved in regularly addressing mental health issues.  Examples include: Custodians, Hospitality Staff, Instructors (faculty, TA’s, and Sessionals), Administrative Assistants, Residence Desk Staff and Porters. All U of G Students, staff and faculty are welcome to participate!
Registration: Email

Cost: None

Length: 1.5 hours
Completion of More Feet on the Ground is recommended.

LivingWorks Start

LivingWorks Start is an online alertness training that prepares anyone, regardless of prior experience or training, to recognize when someone is thinking about suicide and connect them to help and support.

Recommended for: Individuals who are not mental health experts but who might have on-going relationships with people who have mental health issues and/or where the individual is in a position of authority.  Examples might include: Faculty Advisors and Graduate Assistants, Chairs/Directors, Deans, Supervisors, RAs, varsity coaches, Program Counsellors, Union/employee group leaders, individuals involved in Human Resources, and Faculty and Academic Staff Relations. All U of G Students, staff and faculty are welcome to participate!
Registration: Email
Cost: None
Length: 1.5 hours

Supporting Students in Distress for Faculty

This presentation guides faculty through the process of assisting students in distress and strategies for how to respond effectively to the difficulties and challenges of these complex situations. This presentation is pre-recorded and can be viewed at your own pace. There is also an accompanying written guide with additional information available.
Email for a copy.