Call 911 for all imminent life-threatening situations. For all other safety concerns, call Campus Security at 403.220.5333
Offering Support and Assistance
- Trust your instincts.
- It's okay to ask and express concern.
- Be specific about the behaviour that worries you.
"Are you okay? I've noticed you seem down lately — is there anything I can do to help?"
- Listen with an open mind.
- Ask questions to help understand the situation.
- Acknowledge thoughts and feelings.
"It sounds like you have a lot on your plate right now. I am here to listen."
- Point out that there are resources and supports available and encourage your colleague to seek help early.
- Offer to help your colleague connect with resources.
- Accept that your role is to be a supportive colleague and if your colleague declines your offer of help, respect their decision (except in emergency situations).
"Is there anything I can do to help you connect with resources?"
"I respect your decision and I'm here if you'd like to talk."
- Continue to check-in with your colleague to see how they are doing.
- Practice self-care and seek personal support as needed.
"How are you doing? I'm here if you'd like to talk."