Be direct and caring
- Trust your instincts
- It’s okay to ask and express concern
- Be specific about the behaviour that worries you
“I’ve noticed you seem distracted and upset lately and I’m concerned about you.”
“I noticed you have missed a few assignments lately which is not like you. I wanted to check in to see how you are doing.”
- Listen with an open mind
- Ask questions to help understand the situation
- Acknowledge thoughts and feelings
- Offer hope and help
“It sounds like you’re feeling overwhelmed, can I connect you with a resource for help?”
“It sounds like a very stressful time. Tell me more about what is happening for you.”
Validate and empathize
- Provide information about resources
- Encourage help-seeking
- Offer to help the student connect with resources
“If you’d like, we can call and book the appointment while you’re here with me.”
“Is there anything you have tried to help with this so far? What might be most helpful right now, and how can I support?"
Use collaborative problem solving
- Respect the decision to accept or refuse help (except in emergency situations)
- Practice self-care care. Seek personal support as needed. Employee and family assistance is available 24/7 through TELUS Health.
“I respect your decision. I hope you will keep these options in mind. My door is always open.”
“I am glad you will have a chance to connect with the resource we talked about. Feel free to reach out if you need anything else.”
Call Campus Security for 24/7 support and immediate response.
Student at Risk (SAR) Team
Submit a concern to the SAR team. The team is available to consult, outreach and respond to nonurgent concerns.
Confidential advice and referrals, resolve alleged student non-academic misconduct, and facilitate training on navigating and resolving various forms of conflict.
If you become concerned that a student may be at risk of suicide, please refer to the Suicide Intervention Guide.
*If emergency response is required, call 911 and then Campus Security.
Student Wellness Services
Hours (9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday)
Refer students for support with mental or physical health concerns, or contact to request supportive outreach to student.
After Hours Mental Health Support
Call to access after-hours phone support, available 24/7.
Confidential support and care for any university community member impacted by sexual and gender-based violence, whether it occurred on- or off-campus.
After Hours Physical Health Support
Call to access Alberta Health Services 24/7 health advice.
Thrive Priority Support Network
Complete a concern form for students to receive specialized outreach from an academic support specialist.
Student Success Centre
Encourage students to visit the website or the centre for general advising, learning, writing support and online resources for students.
Students can access faculty-specific advising from their faculty’s program advisors.
Helping skills and suicide intervention training
UCalgary offers a number of free, evidence based suicide intervention training programs open to all UCalgary students, faculty, and staff. We encourage all campus members to receive training to learn life-saving skills and contribute to a caring, supportive campus community.
Learn to recognize and and review risk of suicide, and how to intervene.
Learn to recognize and support someone who may have thoughts of suicide.
Learn the skills needed to help others experiencing a problem
or in distress.
Learn about the harm reduction approach to substance use.
Learn about mental health, stigma reduction and resilience.
LivingWorks Start is a powerful online training program that teaches life-saving skills to recognize and prevent suicide.