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

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 Monday-check your weekly Student E-News for more details.

Session schedule: Mondays - Sept 13, Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct 18, Oct 25, 2021

Room: S5023

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm 

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

Feeling out of touch with yourself? Feeling Overwhelmed? Come learn how to be more aware of your body and mind through a six-week MBSR-Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction online group. You will be healthier, happier and perhaps even more successful. This is a drop in group:

Session Schedule:

Tuesdays: Sept 21, Sept 28, Oct 5, Oct 12, Oct 19 and Oct 26, 2021

Time: 3:00 - 4:00pm

Location: Room N248 (IN RGO LIBRARY) 

Thursdays: Oct 7, Oct 14, Oct 21, Oct 28, Nov 4 and Nov 18, 2021

Time:12:00 - 1:00pm 

Location: Virtually 

For more information or to register, please email Heather Abbott 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.

The following offerings take place in MS Teams or Zoom:

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 8-week workshop offers effective strategies that can help manage and reduce anxiety symptoms. You will receive a certificate of completion from the Red Deer Primary Care Network.  

Session Schedule: Tuesdays September 28th-November 23rd, 2021

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm 

Location: Online

Please sign up by Tuesday September 21st, 2021

This workshop is a registered closed group, and participants are required to attend each week.

 For more information or to register please email Kudzai Ngwerume with your 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.

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

Next session: TBD

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

For more information, please email

Struggling with relationships? Wanting to connect more meaningfully with the important people in your life? Then join Relationships in Motion group, an 8-week online 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.

Session Schedule: Wednesday September 29- November 24, 2021

Time: 11am – 12:30pm

Location: Online

Please sign up by Friday September 24th, 2021 at noon

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 series, so participants would attend all 5 classes. Participants will receive grocery gift cards to cover cooking costs, but students with dietary restrictions will need to cover extra cost. To sign up, click:

Session Date: Fall 2021 – this session is currently full

For more information or to register/be put on a waitlist, please email counselling with your name and student ID number

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

Session Date Fall Semester: Wednesdays October 6 - December 1, 2021 CLASS FULL 

Session Date Winter Semester: Wednesdays February 2 - March 30, 2022

Time: 3:00 - 4:30pm 

This workshop is a registered closed group, and participants are required to attend each week. 

 For more information or to register, please email Lindsey Fiebig with your name and student ID number

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.

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: Part 1: November 9th, 2021  and Part 2:November 10th, 2021 

Time: 10:00 - 12:00pm 

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: September 28th, 2021

Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

To register please click: Here

For more information please email Heejung Lee 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: November 9th and 10th, 2021 

Time:  1-4pm

Location: Online

For more information or to register, 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: November 9 - 10th, 2021

Time:  8:30am-4pm

Please register: Here

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

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 TuneUp.




Next Session:  Wednesday, Nov 10, 2021 

Time: 1:30-5:00pm with registration starting at 1:00pm

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.

Next session: November 16th, 2021

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm 

For more information or to register, 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: November 8 - 9, 2021

Time:  8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Please register: Here

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

Reconciliation through Education and Understanding

The Kairos Blanket Exercise program is a unique, participatory history lesson – developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators – that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Next session: TBD 

For more information, please email:

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