A key goal of the Healthy Minds Healthy College Initiative is to enhance mental health literacy within the college community. Here are some of the ways we are doing this.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Participants learn to recognize a change in behavior, respond with a confident conversation, and guide the person to appropriate help and resources.

Duration: 2 days (14 hours of instruction)

Target Audience: students completing health or human services programs; faculty; managers or supervisors; general population

Format: presentation, discussion, activities, videos, workbook, skill practice

The Working Mind

The Working Mind is an education-based program designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting.

There is one version for managers/supervisors (8 hours) and another for employees/frontline staff (4 hours). These courses include scenario-based practical applications and custom videos of people with lived experience of mental illness, reference guides and related handouts.

The manager and employee versions both include:

  • A focus on dispelling the myths of mental health problems and mental illnesses, aiming to reduce associated stigma
  • An overview of the Mental Health Continuum Model
  • Self-assessment of one’s own mental health along the continuum
  • Strategies one can apply at each point along the continuum

The managers’ version includes additional course content, such as:

  • Workplace accommodations and return to work
  • How to observe changes in employees along the continuum
  • Appropriate actions to take
  • How to communicate with employees about mental health illness in a workplace context


In 2017 RRC is beginning to offer safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone, developed by LivingWorks Education. safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. There will be roughly eight sessions offered this Academic year.

Staff interested in these educational opportunities should contact Jacqueline Wood or Carrie Schaepe with Staff Learning and Development.

Customized Presentations

Please contact Breanna Sawatzky, Mental Health Coordinator to develop a customized mental health education session for your class or staff team.