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

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 in the North Campus Second Floor (N248). 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

When: Starting January 19th, 2023

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Library and Learning Commons, Room N248 (North Campus second floor)

Just drop in!

For more info email Heather Abbott with your name and student ID number: habbott@bowvalleycollege.ca

 

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

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

When: Tuesday January 17th - February 14th, 2023

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm 

Location: Room S2041 (South Campus second floor)

For more information or to register, please email Hanaa Elmoghrabi with your name and student ID number: helmoghrabi@bowvalleycollege.ca

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.

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

When: Wednesday March 8th - March 29th, 2023

Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm 

Location: virtual 

Please register by noon Monday Feb 27th, 2023: Here

For more information please email Kudzai Ngwerume with your name and student ID number: kngwerume@bowvalleycollege.ca 

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

 

Explore your grief after the loss of a loved one. Learn and practice skills to begin healing and reinvesting in your life. This 8-week workshop offers effective strategies that can help you develop a tool kit that will help you to understand yourself better and learn skills to cope more effectively with your loss of a loved one.  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.

 Please note this group has been cancelled for the Winter Semester. Please check back later for dates and times for the Spring / Summer Semester 2023

 For more information please email Ronna Dempsey with your full name and student ID number: rdempsey@bowvalleycollege.ca

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

When: Thursday  January 26th - March 23rd, 2023 (no workshop during reading week)

Time: 2:30pm - 3:45pm 

Location: In-person or Online

Please register:  Here

For more information please email Lindsey Fiebig with your name and student ID number lfiebig@bowvalleycollege.ca

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. Refreshments will be provided. 

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

When: Wednesday Feb 1st - March 1st, 2023 (no group during reading week)

Time: 11:30amm - 1:00pm

Location: In-person - Room #S4024 (South campus 4th floor) 

Please sign up by Monday January 30th, 2023HERE

For more information please email Heather Abbott with your full name and student ID number: habbott@bowvalleycollege.ca 

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

 

Learn some cooking skills and budget recipes in this 5-class series with a nutritionist. Students will be given a $20 grocery gift card each week to shop for ingredients for the upcoming class.  This workshop is a 5-class series and participants are required to attend all 5 classes.

When: Wednesday February 1st - March 1st, 2023

Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm 

Location: Online via Zoom 

Please note this group is now FULL and will not be accepting anymore students for the Winter Semester. Please check back later for dates and times for the Spring / Summer 2023 semester.

If you have any questions please email  lfiebig@bowvalleycollege.ca 

This 4-week workshop offers a variety of skills that will help you thrive and excel in life through a positive yet realistic mentality. This workshop has been shown to improve mood, vitality, and energy levels, as well as boost physical and mental health. 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.

If you're interested in learning some strategies to make you and your life happier, consider registering. 

When: Wednesday's March 1 - March 22, 2023

Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm 

Location: S4023 (South Campus forth floor)

Please register:  Here

For more information please email Hanaa El Moghrabi with your name and student ID number: helmoghrabi@bowvalleycollege.ca 

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

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 counselling@bowvalleycollege.ca 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: Thursday Feb 02, 2023

Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Hybrid 

Room #: virtual or S5020 South Campus 5th floor 

Please register: Here  

Please note: There is a $25 registration fee, refundable following full attendance and participation in this training.  Participants are required to attend the full session in order to receive a full refund on registration fee and certificate.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, mental health concerns often first appear between the ages of 18 and 25.

Knowing that, it’s our goal to provide a wide range of suicide prevention and mental health resources at Bow Valley College. This year, we're proud to offer MindWise on Campus, an online 30-minute suicide prevention training that uses video and interactive learning to teach students how to ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) if they're worried about themselves or a friend.

Students Will Learn:

How to recognize signs of suicide risk in themselves or a friend

How to have a difficult conversation that encourages someone to seek help

How to build strong peer connections that foster positive mental well-being

An overview of available student mental health resources, on and off-campus

Registration is ongoing, for information on how to register for this online course – please contact counselling@bowvalleycollege.ca

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:

When: Tuesday February 21st, 2023

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Location: MS Teams

Please register: Here

Please note: There is a $25 registration fee, refundable following full attendance and participation in this training.  Participants are required to attend the full session in order to receive a full refund on registration fee and certificate. 

For more information please email Andrea Sanchez Rivas at:  counselling@bowvalleycollege.ca

 

The online version of Mental Health First Aid is now available for all Bow Valley College students! This 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.
Completion of the full course is required to receive a certificate.

Module 1 is a self-paced online module that must be completed by 12:00 PM, Feb 23rd, 2023

You must submit proof of completed Module 1 to athibault@bowvalleycollege.ca

When: Feb 27-28th, 2023 (Module 2 & 3)

Time:  1- 4pm

Location: Online

Please register: Here

Please note: There is a $25 registration fee, refundable following full attendance and participation in this training.  Participants are required to attend the full session in order to receive a full refund on registration fee and certificate. 

For more information please email Alana Thibault with your name and student ID number: athibault@bowvalleycollege.ca


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 21st - 22nd, 2023

Time:  8:30am-4:30pm

Room #: N315 (North Campus third floor)

                                               Please register: Here

Please note: There is a $25 registration fee, refundable following full attendance and participation in this training.  Participants are required to attend the full session in order to receive a full refund on registration fee and certificate. 

 For more information, please email Alana Thibault with your name and student ID number at  athibault@bowvalleycollege.ca 

Naloxone saves lives - and so can you! Join a community based Naloxone training nurse as she provides online education on when and how to provide Naloxone for persons experiencing overdose. It is advised to have a Naloxone kit for this training: kits can be obtained for free at any pharmacy.

When: Tuesday March 21st, 2023

Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm

Where: Room S2041 (South campus 2nd floor)

Please register: Here

For more information, please email Hanna Elmoghrabi with your name and student ID number: helmoghrabi@bowvalleycollege.ca

 

The founders of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) present, SafeTALK; a half-day (3 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: Tuesday Feb 7th, 2023

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm 

Where: Room# S4023 (South Campus forth floor)

Please register: Here

Please note: There is a $25 registration fee, refundable following full attendance and participation in this training.  Participants are required to attend the full session in order to receive a full refund on registration fee and certificate. 

For more information, please email Marcus Jannesson with your name and student ID number: mjannesson@bowvalleycollege.ca

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: Feb 23-24th, 2023

Time:  8:15 am - 4:30 pm

Location: In-Person

Please register: This workshop is now full - Please consider registering for our next offering April 5th and 6th, 2023: Here

Please note: There is a $25 registration fee, refundable following full attendance and participation in this training.  Participants are required to attend the full session in order to receive a full refund on registration fee and certificate. 

For more information please email Kudzai Ngwerume with your name and student ID number:  kngwerume@bowvalleycollege.ca

 

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