University of Guelph Mental Health Training
2023-24 University of Guelph Mental Health Training Programs
The following training programs are available for University of Guelph students, staff, and faculty. We also occasionally offer open training programs for individuals. Students can see currently available training opportunities on GryphLife, and Faculty and Staff should check the Learning & Development event calendar. Email email@example.com to book training or discuss which option is suitable for your group.
- Beyond the Books Mental Health Literacy Training (Open to all students, staff and faculty): 1:00-2:00pm on November 27th. Register Now!
- ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training): 8:30am-4:45pm on December 5th and 6th (two-day training).
- We currently have a waiting list for this training, but you can Register Now to be added to the list!
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 the online module independently at morefeetontheground.ca
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.
Registration: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Completion of More Feet on the Ground is recommended.
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 email@example.com to request access
Length: 1.5 hours
Designed by Living Works, SafeTALK is a 3.5 hours alertness training and certification that prepares anyone, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. The SafeTALK trainer will demonstrate the importance of suicide alertness, assist participants to identify ways people invite help, and connect them with resources to help them when they are at risk.
Beyond the Books - Level 2
Mental Health First Aid
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Developed by Living Works, ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop that 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.
This series of online mental health modules is freely accessible, and aims to improve students' education on a number of topics related to mental health and mental illness.
These trainings are offered through the Student Mental Health Network.