Mental Health and Wellness Offerings

Workshops and drop-in classes

Learner Success Services offers students free workshops and drop-in classes that support your wellness. The following workshops and classes are available, and will be offered in person or online via MS Teams or Zoom

This virtual 4-week class will involve a weekly theme and gentle yoga practice to foster connection with your mind and body. No previous experience is necessary. All bodies and expressions welcome. 

Date: TBD

The weekly themes are:
Week 1. What are we doing together?
Week 2. Practicing Making Choices
Week 3. Present Moment Experiences
Week 4. Creating Rhythms

Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Location: Online

This workshop is a registered closed group and registration has closed

Please register: Here

Feeling out of control? Feeling overwhelmed? Want to find a way to slow down, stop, and smell the roses? Then, come join one of our BVC counsellors for these free drop-in mindfulness sessions on the South Campus Fourth Floor Terrace Outside. Learn how to listen to your body, be mindful in all your activities, and slow down and be present and enjoy some fresh air. You will be healthier, happier, and perhaps even more successful in your roles and activities. Refreshments provided.

Please view our short introductory video: Mindfulness Groups - YouTube

Tuesdays May 10, 17, 24 and 31 and June 7 and 14, 2022

Time: 11:30am to 12:30 pm

Location: South Campus, 4th Floor Terrace 

Just drop in!

For more info email:

*In case of severe weather we will meet in South Campus, 4th floor in room S4024.


For more information or to register, please email Heather Abbott with your name and student ID number:

Join us for drop-in informal discussions about different wellness topics and add some hands-on practices to your self-care toolkit! Session topics change each Tuesday-check your weekly Student E-News for more details.

Please view our short introductory video: Learner Wellness Advisor - YouTube

Tuesday May 17, 24, 31, June 7 and 14, 2022

Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm 

Location: Online 

Please register: Here

For more information or to register, please email BVC Counselling with your name and student ID number:

Wellness Seminars 

Students can also sign up for wellness seminars, which offer the opportunity for students to build skills with the same group of people over a period of weeks. Virtual seminars that are certificated may require students to have their cameras on during the session.

It is normal to feel anxious sometimes--but too much anxiety can interfere with our ability to be productive, have healthy relationships, and feel well. This 4-week workshop offers effective strategies that can help manage and reduce anxiety symptoms. This workshop is a series, and participants are required to attend each week. You will receive a certificate of completion from the Red Deer Primary Care Network. Snacks will be provided. 

Please view our short introductory video: Anxiety to Calm - YouTube 

Tuesdays May 10, 17, 24 and 31st, 2022 

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm 

Location: South Campus Room #S4031

Please register by noon Monday May 9th, 2022: Here

For more information please email Kudzai Ngwerume with your name and student ID number: 

This program is also offered off campus through Primary Care Networks, please contact your local Primary Care Network for more info.


Increase your experience of happiness in just 4 classes, by learning the following skills:

  • Connect more with positive emotions, and give less power to negativity
  • Increase ability to notice and appreciate good things that are happening
  • Learn self-care routines unique to your need

This workshop is a series, and participants are required to attend each week.

Please view our short introductory video: Happiness Basics - YouTube

Fall Semester Dates: TBD 

 For more information, please email

This program is also offered off campus through Primary Care Networks, please contact your local Primary Care Network for more info.

Mind Over Mood is a 10-session registered program that uses a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach to address anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, or coping with stress. Topics will include:

The power of our thoughts and how they affect our mood and behaviour. 
Tools for challenging negative self-talk 
Tools for increasing self-esteem 
Practicing skills that help in everyday life
This workshop is a series, and participants are required to attend each week. 

Please view our short introductory video: Mind over Mood - YouTube

Wednesdays January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, March 2, 9 and 16, 2022

Time: 3:00pm - 4:14pm 

Location: In-person or Online

Please register:  Here

For more information please email Lindsey Fiebig with your name and student ID number

Struggling with relationships? Wanting to connect more meaningfully with the important people in your life? Then join Relationships in Motion group, a 4-week trademarked program.

This program is for individuals who are interested in improving relationships in their life – family, personal and work. Participants will learn skills to increase communication, better understand themselves, focus on positives, and take responsibility for their roles within various forms of interpersonal relationships. This group is interactive and will provide lots of opportunity for self-reflection. This workshop is a series, and participants are required to attend each week.

Please view our short introductory video: Relationships in Motion - YouTube

Session Schedule: Thursday May 12, 19 and 26 and June 2,  2022

Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Location: Online

Please sign up by Friday May 6,  2022  

To sign up, please email Heather Abbott with your full name and student ID number.

These programs are also offered off campus through Primary Care Networks, please contact your local Primary Care Network for more info.


This workshop is a 5-class series, participants need to attend all 5 classes. Participants will receive grocery gift cards before each class to shop for food needed for the class. 

Wednesday May 17th - Jun 14th, 2022

Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm 

Location: Virtual 

Please register by May6th, 2022: Here

If you have any questions please email 

MH Training Programs

Learner Success Services offers free training to Bow Valley College staff, faculty and students—these training programs will assist you with recognizing and acting to support mental health and wellbeing. Certified training programs may require that you leave your camera on during the virtual session/s. Due to the certification of each workshop, minimum enrollment is required. As such, workshops can be canceled due to low enrollment, at any time.

When you register for Mental Health Training Programs, you will be asked to pay a registration deposit for these trainings.  This deposit will be refunded in full when you attend the training, or if you cancel at least 3 days before the training.  If paying the registration deposit is not possible, please contact to discuss options.

Here are the training opportunities that Bow Valley College offers:

The Inquiring Mind (TIM) will help you better understand mental health and the stigma that often surrounds it--on and off campus. TIM will show you how to have conversations about your own and other's mental well-being through an easy-to-use tool, the mental health continuum model. You'll also learn how to strengthen your mental health resilience using "The Big 4" coping strategies. We are pleased to offer TIM training to help increase mental health literacy, as part of Bow Valley College's HIVE strategy (Healthy Institutions Valuing Engagement).



Next Session: Friday April 01, 2022 

Time: 1:00 - 5:00pm 

Location: Online

Please register: HERE

Participants are required to attend both sessions in order to receive their certificate. Please note, both sessions will be offered virtually through MS Teams.

In this difficult time, people are struggling with increased stress and anxiety. Suicide prevention skills are needed more than ever.  As part of our Campus Mental Health Strategy (HIVE) and our Post-Secondary Mental Health grant, we are offering free registration in a one-hour online course for students, faculty and staff.

LivingWorks START teaches individuals to recognize when someone is thinking about suicide and connect them to help and support. 

Next session: Registration is ongoing, and participants have 60 days to finish the course. To sign up, please email

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. This 1.5 hour training teaches community members the skills to recognize and support people who may be having thoughts of suicide. Through this training, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to:
    • Understand the common causes of suicidal behavior
    • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
    • Get help for someone in crisis and prevent suicide


Next available session:

Tuesday: February 22, 2022 

Time: 11:00am – 12:30 pm

Location: MS Teams

To register please click: Here

For more information please email Ciara Deschamps at:

This 12 hour workshop will teach you basic information on various mental illnesses, how to promote the recovery of good mental health, and the resources available to help support someone with a mental health concern.


Next session: March 15 and 16th, 2022

Time:  1-4pm

Location: Online


For more information please email Heather Abbott with your name and student ID number:

This training is beneficial to both students and employees at Bow Valley College to learn how to identify and respond to people impacted by sexual violence. Bow Valley College community members will increase their skills and confidence to address sexual abuse and sexual assault, both on and off campus.

Next session: Feb 22-23, 2022

Time:  8:00am-4:15pm

Room #: N315

                                                 Please register: here.

 For more information, please email Alana Thibault or Matthew Wengrowich with your name and student ID number at  or 

If you have taken the two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) within the last three years, you can extend your certification for 2 additional years by taking this Tune Up. Proof of prior ASIST attendance is required to attend the ASIST Tune-Up.




Next Session: Friday June 17, 2022

Time: 1:00 - 4:30pm with registration starting at 12:30pm

Registration is required, and to take this training you must have a valid ASIST certificate from within the last 3 years.

Please register: Here


The founders of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) present, SafeTALK; a half-day (3.5 hour) suicide alertness certification that prepares anyone 16 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. 

Refreshments will be provided 

Next session: Wednesday March 30th, 2022

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm 

Room# N718

Please: Here

For more information, please email Heather Abbott with your name and student ID number:

This 14 hour workshop is an intensive, practice-dominated certification designed to help caregivers recognize and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

Next session: May 12 -13th, 2022

Time:  8:15 am - 4:30 pm

Location: In-Person

Please register: Here

For more information, please email Kudzai Ngwerume with your name and student ID number:

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