Mental Health and Wellness Training for Staff and Faculty

Level 1: 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 https://morefeetontheground.ca/
Cost: None
Length: Less than 30 minutes

Level 2: 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.
Registration: Sign up through the HR Learning and Development Calendar or contact Sara Kafashan by emailing: skafasha@uoguelph.ca
Cost: None
Length: 1.5 hours

Level 3: SafeTALK

SafeTALK is an alertness training 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.

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.
Registration: Sign up through the HR Learning and Development Calendar or contact Sara Kafashan by emailing: skafasha@uoguelph.ca
Cost: None
Length: 3.5 hours
Completion of More Feet on the Ground is recommended.

Level 4: Mental Health First Aid 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years and older). This courses focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including substance related, mood related, anxiety and trauma related, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with their family, friends, communities, and workplaces.

Recommended for: Individuals for whom those in distress are referred, or who have direct responsibilities for assisting those experiencing significant difficulties.  These are not mental health professionals per se, but who are expected to have professional competency in understanding and monitoring situations where mental health forms an important component of dynamics and/or individuals who work outside of normal business hours and who may need to deal with a crisis situation without available professional support.  Examples might include: staff in Occupational Health and Wellness, Health Services, Residence Managers, and Campus Community Police.
Registration: Sign up through the HR Learning and Development Calendar or contact Sara Kafashan by emailing: skafasha@uoguelph.ca
Cost: See specific course description.
Length: 2 days (Both days need to be completed in order to be certified.)

Level 5: ASIST

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST 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. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don't need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Recommended for: Individuals for whom those in distress are referred, or who have direct responsibilities for assisting those experiencing significant difficulties.  These are not mental health professionals per se, but who are expected to have professional competency in understanding and monitoring situations where mental health forms an important component of dynamics and/or individuals who work outside of normal business hours and who may need to deal with a crisis situation without available professional support.  Examples might include: staff in Occupational Health and Wellness, Health Services, Residence Life Managers, and Campus Community Police.
Registration: Sign up through the HR Learning and Development Calendar or contact Sara Kafashan by emailing: skafasha@uoguelph.ca
Cost: The cost of ASIST training varies.
Length: 2 days (Both days need to be completed in order to be certified.)
Completion of SafeTALK is needed.