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 take place in MS Teams or Zoom

Join us for 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), and students will receive the meeting invite link once they've signed up. 

Session schedule: Mondays May 17, May 31, June 7, June 14, June 21, 2021 -  from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

To ask questions or sign up, please email Brandy Basisty at: with your 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. 

Session Schedule:
Tuesdays - New Schedule out Fall Semester 2021
Thursdays - New Schedule out Fall Semester 2021

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

Join us every Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. for a 30-minute, drop-in practice that can help you manage stress and tension. All you need is a chair to use as a prop, and some comfortable clothing. Beginners welcome! Sessions take place in SecureVideo (Zoom), and students will receive a session invite once they've signed up.

Session schedule: New Schedule out Fall Semester 2021 
To access classes or ask questions, please email Brandy Basisty at:

If you’d like to practice yoga in the meantime, check out the Bright app from SABVC:

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.  

Next session: New Schedule out Fall Semester 2021

To register, please email Heather Abbott at: 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.

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: Wednesday May 19, May 26, June 2, June 9, 2021 from 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 

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

To sign, up click: Here

For more information, please email Brandy Basisty at:

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:

Tuesday May 11th- June 29th, 2021

11am – 12:30pm

Please sign up by Friday April 30th, 2021

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: Here

Session Date: Tuesday May 25, June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, 2021 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 

Please email Brandy Basisty at: for more information.

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: June 29  and Part 2: June 30, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m..

Participants are required to attend both sessions. To register click: Here

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:

Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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:  Summer 2021

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: Summer 2021

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: Date: Thursday, April 29th
Time: 8:30am-Noon
Location: Online

Please register:  Here

For more information, please email:

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: safeTalk is not being offered at this time, due to components of the course that require in-person learning.

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: ASIST is not being offered at this time, due to components of the course that require in-person learning.

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: Kairos Blanket Exercise is not being offered at this time, due to components of the session that require in-person learning.

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