Mental Health Training & Education Opportunities

safeTALK Suicide Alertness Training

safeTALK is evidence-based training from Living Works that helps to increase individual and community capacity to recognize and respond to suicide risk. The training session provides participants with the skills to recognize signs of suicide, engage someone with thoughts of suicide, and ensure a connection to a suicide intervention caregiver. All participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

These free safeTALK training sessions are open to faculty, staff, graduate students and postdocs within the Faculty of Arts & Science. Undergraduate students are offered this training though Student Life.

Upcoming Training Sessions

Thank you for your interest in taking the safeTALK suicide alertness training. These new offerings were met with tremendous enthusiasm by the Arts & Science community.  

To sign-up or to request to be notified when future training dates become available, please use the registration button below.

Register for a safeTALK session
 

Workshops by Request

As part of our commitment to supporting mental health within the Arts & Science community, the Faculty promotes mental health literacy through the provision and coordination of education and training opportunities. These workshops are available at no cost to all departments and academic units within the Faculty, and the content is tailored for particular audiences. Offerings include:

  • Identify, Assist, Refer (IAR): This mental health literacy training covers the distinction between mental health and mental illness, and provides strategies for recognizing when a colleague, student or loved one is experiencing a mental health challenge. This training prepares participants to be able to recognize when someone is experiencing a mental health challenge, offers strategies for having a helping conversation and provides techniques for making effective referrals to appropriate campus and community resources. (1.5-2 hours)
  • safeTALK Suicide Alertness Training: safeTALK is evidence-based training from Living Works that increases individual and community capacity to recognize and respond to suicide risk. safeTALK provides participants with the skills to help recognize when someone may be having thoughts of suicide, the tools and confidence to ask about thoughts of suicide in a direct and helpful way, and strategies for connecting a person with thoughts of suicide to a suicide intervention caregiver. All participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training. (4 hours)
  • De-Escalating Potentially Violent Situations: Developed by the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute, this workshop is designed to teach how to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication. The training will explore how anger and violence interplay, provide opportunities for self-assessment, describe the aggression-diffusing process, and provide tools and strategies designed to de-escalate potentially violent situations. (Full Day)
  • 5 Ways To Wellbeing: Coping with the rigour of a U of T curriculum, navigating complex university systems and adapting to new environments can be exhausting! Investing in being happy, healthy and well provides a foundation for achieving balance and sustaining success in university. This interactive session explores what it means to feel good and function well as a graduate student. Drawing on recent evidence from the study of well-being, you’ll be introduced to a cluster of activities that promote resiliency and prevent burnout so you can be at your best. (1-2 hours)

Other Offerings: Our mental health team can also develop presentations on a wide range of topics relating to issues management, mental health and overall wellbeing. Examples include:

  • Workplace Conflict
  • Effective Communication
  • Managing Difficult People
  • Imposter Phenomenon

To discuss training needs or request a workshop, please contact Chad Jankowski, Mental Health Programs Officer at c.jankowski@utoronto.ca or 416-946-0059.

 

Online Training

Identify, Assist, Refer (IAR)

The University’s Identify, Assist, Refer (IAR) mental health literacy online learning module was developed to provide all members of the U of T community with the basic skills and information needed to be able to provide the initial support to a colleague, student or loved one experiencing challenges that are impacting upon their mental health. The online training take approximate 30 minutes to complete.

Identify, Assist, Refer Online Learning Module

Departments and units within the Faculty of Arts & Science may request an in-person Identify, Assist, Refer training session for their units by emailing the A&S Mental Health Programs Officer at c.jankowski@utoronto.ca.