A key goal of the Healthy Minds Healthy College Initiative is to enhance mental health literacy within the college community. These training and education sessions help attendees better understand mental health and learn strategies to promote wellbeing at RRC.
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: two 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 toward 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 and illness in a workplace context
safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone, developed by LivingWorks Education, 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.
Please contact Breanna Sawatzky, Mental Health Coordinator, to develop a customized mental health education session for your class or staff team. Some examples of customized mental health sessions that have been developed include:
- Self-Care for Nursing Students
- Mindful Nutrition for Culinary Students
- Get Oriented: Mental Health for International Students
- Coping Skills for Early Childhood Education Students
- Understanding Stress and Anxiety for Civil Engineering Students
- Flexible Learning with LinkedIn Learning