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Mental Wellness Hub

Training and Workshops


1.  From Surviving to Thriving: Developing Personal and Academic Resilience

This skills-based program promotes building resilience in support of planning for, and coping with stressful times and experiences. The knowledge and skills covered in this program targets improving your post-secondary experience by helping you strengthen your adaptive coping skills and finding effective solutions and strategies to support your success and well-being. The program was developed by Workplace Strategies for Mental Health and researched by McMaster and Queens Universities.

From Surviving to Thriving is delivered in a 2-hour session to a group of no more than 15 students.
Use the Counselling Services Contact Us Online Form to arrange for a group session.

2.  Crisis Response Virtual Training - Caring for Others
This free program focuses on how to create a safe space to have conversations about mental health and/or substance use problems. This program is offered by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. HOPE Learning Centre offers Wellness Development every Tuesday from 12:15pm-12:45pm.

Learn more about the HOPE Learning Centre


3.  Psychology Students Association Peer-to-Peer Mentoring

This program is a way for new students in Psychology to be connected with a more experienced Psychology student so both can learn and grow.

Workshops and Training


The Canadian Mental Health Association’s BounceBack© program is offered free to residents of most provinces, including Saskatchewan. BounceBack is a guided self-help program effective in helping adults and youth manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Through telephone coaching and a selection of skill-building workbooks to choose from, participants can customize their own program, learn ways to overcome their symptoms and improve their mental well-being now and in the future. For more information and to register visit

Inquiring Mind

The Inquiring Mind Post-Secondary is an evidence-based program designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in an educational / student setting.

This is an excellent online interactive program that introduces students to:

  • the stigma that others experience when struggling with their own mental health,
  • the mental health colour coded continuum which ranges from Healthy, Reacting, Injured and Ill along five dimensions: Physical Changes, Changes in Mood, in Thinking and Attitude, Behaviour and Performance and Substance use
  • Self-care and Building Resilience
  • And Creating a Supportive Campus
This program is delivered in two 3-hour sessions to a group of no more than 15 students. Use the Counselling Services Contact Us Online Form to arrange for a workshop of this program by U of R Trainers.


HEADSTRONG is an evidence-based anti-stigma initiative created by the Mental Health Commission of Canada to inspire youth ages 12-18 to Be Brave, Reach Out and Speak Up about mental health.

Self-paced Learning

These programs are offered by the Canadian Mental Health Association:

Wellness Plan

Using the principles and concepts from Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), you will develop a Wellness Plan to help you during COVID-19 for the social/physical distancing protocols and the impact it may have on you. During this workshop, you will learn what a Wellness Toolbox is and discuss what goes into it. You will also explore your personal stressors, early warning signs, and develop a Support Plan to help maintain your wellness. You will also have the option to create an Action Plan to move forward in the event that your wellness is at risk.

Coping with Fatigue: Taking Back Control

Taking back ControlCOVID-19 is creating one of the biggest changes many of us will experience. The changes are not just happening within our homes but within our communities, country, and internationally. This self-paced course will guide you in how to take back control during this unprecedented time of change.

Jedi Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a simple and powerful tool that you can practice to help centre yourself. This course will help you harness The Force within you through meditations, DBT based skills, and breathing exercises. You will be able to journal and track the impact that your mindfulness activities are having on your mental and physical well-being and hopefully, create some healthy habits that will carry you through this Pandemic and beyond.

Spell Book

To combat COVID-19 we are running a marathon of social and physical distancing. And the problem with marathons is that they are long and the sense of achievement is far in the distance. This curated Spell Book of recipes is intended to help you feel a sense of accomplishment. You will be asked to experiment, take pictures, and offer reflections on each recipe result. Fun for the whole family!

Bucket List Makeover

Bucket List Makeover - Perhaps your bucket list prior to COVID-19 contained items like skydiving; swimming with dolphins; building houses in Costa Rica; swimming in the Great Barrier Reef; and checking out the San Diego Comic-Con. Now you might find yourself saying that you’d just like to grab a coffee with a friend; pop over to your brother’s place for a poker night; go to the movies with your partner; or host a backyard BBQ. This course will guide you on how to make and decorate your bucket and then fill it with all your new bucket list items that you can pick out once this pandemic is over!

My Story, My Voice

Are you looking for a way to find some meaning from all of this chaos? Do you want to record your experience of living through this historical time? My Story, My Voice helps the novice writer and the literary guru alike to share their thoughts, emotions, and experiences in a variety of ways. Explore traditional journaling; bullet journals; 6 word memoirs; creative writing; and so much more. This course also includes opportunities to share your writing with community projects and our own CMHA Durham Anthology.

COVID-19: Adapting to Change

Change can be a challenge, and we have seen a lot of changes during the COVID-19 outbreak. This one hour, virtual discussion based course looks at how we adapt to those changes, such as how to physically distance yourself, but still stay emotionally connected. How do we focus on what we can control rather than fight what we can’t? How do we remain hopeful and compassionate with ourselves and others? These questions will be explored as a small group, and we will provide skills and tools to help you as you adapt to the current changes as well as any future changes.

Bite-Sized Confront the Discomfort (Calming Fear and Anxiety)

Anxiety is a normal reaction to uncertainty regarding COVID-19. However, too much anxiety can take a toll on your daily life and overall well-being. In this course you will learn a variety of tools to help deal with fear and anxiety so you can confront the discomfort in a positive and healthy way. This is a one-hour, online workshop.

Drop-in Programs

These programs are not currently available.

E-learning Modules from The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has developed a series of seminars and e-learning modules designed to provide mental health literacy, and help employees develop strategies for dealing with mental health concerns. These sessions are delivered in partnership with WorkSafe Saskatchewan and are free of charge to Saskatchewan workers and employers.

Mental Health: Communication Strategies

People with mental illness successfully work across the full spectrum of workplaces. Some people disclose their mental illness and some do not. This course explores communication strategies that foster awareness and discussion of mental health issues in the workplace.

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • Understand the prevalence of mental health issues in the workplace.
  • Know how to help break the stigma around mental health issues.
  • Know key steps that workplaces can take.
  • Have practised good communication skills, including active listening.
  • Have increased your confidence in helping co-workers discuss mental health issues.

Average time to complete this course is approximately one hour.

Register for the session here:

Mental Health: Awareness

About one in five Canadians experiences a mental health issue at some point during their working years. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, it is estimated that mental illness costs the Canadian economy more than $50 billion each year in terms of health-care services, lost workdays and work disruptions. A healthy Canadian economy — and healthy workplaces — rely on healthy minds.

This course provides an introduction to the complex issue of mental health in the workplace and explains why it is so important. You will learn the difference between mental well-being and mental illness, the factors that put people at risk, and the roles of early intervention and promotion of mental well-being at work.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the impact of mental illness in the workplace.
  • Explain the difference between mental illness and stress.
  • List common risk factors for mental illness.
  • Recognize signs of mental illness at work and the importance of early intervention.
  • Describe ways to promote mental well-being in the workplace.
  • Access other sources of information about mental health in the workplace.

Average time to complete this course is approximately 30 minutes.

Register for the session here:

Being a Mindful Employee: An Orientation to Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

This free online training program is about psychological health and safety in the workplace. The goal of the program is to help you, as an employee, understand the 13 psychosocial workplace factors that comprise the National Standard of Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. The program will show you what you can do to help yourself and others in the workplace.

This course was developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Upon successful completion of the final quiz, learners will be able to print a certificate of completion.

Average time to complete this course is approximately 75 minutes.

Register for the session here:

Mental Health: Health and Wellness Strategies

The workplace is a key environment that affects our mental and physical well-being. While there is an acknowledgment and growing awareness of the role of the workplace in promoting or hindering mental wellness, employees can also take their own steps toward mental fitness.

This course will empower you to improve your own mental well-being by building a strong resilience to stress — a process referred to as mental fitness. By learning how to leverage the power of the body’s response to stress and practising specific lifestyle habits, you can elevate your health and performance while effectively managing high levels of stress.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize your signs, symptoms and sources of stress.
  • Describe the impact stress has on your health and performance.
  • Define mental fitness and specific ways to improve and maintain it.
  • Elevate your health and performance through lifestyle habits that promote mental well-being.

Average time to complete this course is approximately one hour.

Register for the session here:

Mental Health: Psychologically Healthy Workplaces

There is growing evidence of the global impact of mental illness. Cutting across age, gender, education and social strata without prejudice, mental disorders are among the most important contributors to the burden of disease and disability worldwide — and we will see further dramatic increases in mental illness if action is not taken.

A psychologically safe and healthy workplace promotes emotional well-being and presents minimal risk to employee mental health. By making changes to your workplace environment and offering support to employees, you can reduce the duration and severity of mental illness and enhance recovery.

This course examines best practices in developing a psychologically healthy workplace.

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • Understand the impact mental illness has on Canadian workplaces.
  • Know how our experience at work affects our mental health.
  • Understand that the promotion of mental well-being at work benefits both employees and employers.
  • Understand why there is a national standard in Canada for psychological health and safety.
  • Know best practices that promote mental well-being at work.

Average time to complete this course is approximately one hour.

Register for the session here:

Mental Health: Signs, Symptoms and Solutions

Everyone occasionally feels anxious, blue or sad, but these feelings usually pass within a couple of days. When a person has anxiety or a depressive disorder, it significantly interferes with daily life, makes normal functioning impossible and causes pain for both the person and those who care about them.

Although it is difficult to quantify the impact of work on personal identity, self-esteem and social recognition, most mental health professionals agree that the workplace environment can have a significant impact on an individual’s well-being.

This course explores the signs and symptoms of mental illnesses commonly experienced in the workplace and offers some solutions.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the signs of common mental illnesses in the workplace.
  • Describe situations and case studies involving depression, phobias, anxiety disorders and abuse/dependence issues.
  • Use communication skills and strategies in a workplace setting.
  • Understand the importance of getting help and support, including accommodation and best practices for return-to-work strategies.

Average time to complete this course is approximately one hour.

Register for the session here: