This agenda provides suggested timings for a two-hour session, the minimum time recommended for presenting the information and providing time for the activities. However, you may want more time to offer the training and could extend the session to two and a half or even three hours to allow more time for discussion, debriefs, and short breaks, and to give participants lots of time to work through the scenarios at the end. Some facilitators may want to offer this training over two sessions. While the training is adaptable, we recommend that you include the sections on marginalized groups, as it is important to maintain the integrity of diversity of voice in this resource.

Content Time

  • Welcome and Territory Acknowledgement
  • Introduction
  • Opening Check-in Activity
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Supporting Participants
8 min
What is Mental Health and Wellness?

  • Brainstorming Activity
  • Presentation on Wellness Wheel
  • Resilience
  • Small Group Activity Using Wellness Wheel.
15 min
Mental Health Models

  • Mental Health and Mental Illness and Corey Keys’ Dual Continuum Model
  • Mental Health Continuum
  • Marginalized Groups and Mental Health
  • Reflection Activity
8 min
Mental Health Statistics

  • Mental Health Problems Are Common
  • COVID-19 Pandemic and Global Environmental Stressors
  • Reflection Activity
5 min
Introduction to Three Rs Framework 1 min
First R: Recognize

  • Academic, Emotional, Physical, and Behavioural Signs of Distress
  • Signs that a Student Might Be Thinking About Suicide
10 min
Second R: Respond

  • Reflection Activity
  • Short Video: Brené Brown on Empathy
  • Video Reflection Activity
  • Tips for Responding to Students in Distress
  • Asking About Suicide
 20 min
Third R: Refer

  • Services and Resources at Your Institution
  • Provincial Crisis and Support Lines
  • Provincial Supports for Indigenous Students
  • If A Student Won’t See a Counsellor or Seek Help
  • Privacy
  • Handouts
8 min
Maintaining Boundaries

  • Maintain Your Own Boundaries
  • Consult with Others
  • Brainstorming Activity
15 min
Scenarios for Practice and Discussion

  • Introduction Practice Scenarios Activity
  • Small Group Discussion or Role Play
  • Debrief
20 min
Summary and Conclusion

  • Summary
  • Share Handouts with Participants
  • Q&A
10 min


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Capacity to Connect: Supporting Students’ Mental Health and Wellness Copyright © 2023 by Gemma Armstrong; Michelle Daoust; Ycha Gil; Albert Seinen; Faye Shedletzky; Jewell Gillies; Barbara Johnston; and Liz Warwick is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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