The Campus Connections Program is focused on mental health promotion and prevention. It aims to build a strong and supportive campus community by providing participants with the skills and knowledge to help individuals who are experiencing mental health challenges or others who may be in crisis. The intent of this program is to provide support for students and foster connectedness at Red Deer College.
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Alberta Health Services Community Helpers Program
Open to all RDC students, alumni, faculty and staff, the AHS Community Helpers Certificate Program provides practical skills that you can use in your day-to-day life. The goal is to build on your natural helping ability by providing you with the skills and knowledge necessary to support your peers’ mental health and well-being. The Program:
- bridges “formal” and “informal” support for young people,
- reduces stigma and labelling of mental health issues,
- focuses on prevention and early identification for individuals who may be at risk,
- provides extensive training in handling crisis situations effectively and ethically,
- reduces stigma by increasing campus and community awareness,
- expands knowledge on mental health issues, and
- improves interventions for those who may be at risk of suicide.
October 5, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM | R2302 | Register.
November 23, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM | R2302 | Register.
February 8, 2020 | 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM | R2302 | Register.
March 21, 2020 | 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM | R2302 | Register.
*Students have the opportunity to receive co-curricular notion for the AHS Community Helpers Program. Learn more.
Take Action Tuesday Workshops (in partnership with GWH Fitness & Wellness Services)
Yoga is commonly practiced in a focused, yet relaxed manner. There is emphasis on focused attention, reduced extraneous external stimulation, controlled breathing, and relaxation; thus, it has much in common with stress reduction practices eliciting the relaxation response. This is a 60 minute session, followed by 15 minutes of education.
Sept. 10, 24, Oct. 8, 22, Nov. 5, 19 | 4:45 – 6:00 PM | GWH Room 174 | Register.
Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 11, 25, Mar. 10, 24 | 4:45 – 6:00 PM | GWH Room 174 | Register.
The Super Guide To Nutrition
Nutrition is a complex and confusing topic. With the abundance of information available, how do we know what we gather from social media and other outlets is hearsay and what is based in sound research? This workshop will review basic nutrition concepts and offer some simple easy ways to use nutritional strategies that we will help guide you down the right path to achieve your goals.
October 1, 2019 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM | Room TBD | Register.
February 4, 2020 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM | Room TBD | Register.
Wellness Wednesday Workshops (in partnership with AHS Community Helpers Program)
Mental Health Awareness & Language | September 11, 2019 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM | R2302 | Register.
Communication & Active Listening | September 25, 2019 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM | R2302 | Register.
Addiction & Substance Use | October 9, 2019 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM | R2302 | Register.
Suicide Awareness | October 23, 2019 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM | R2302 | Register.
Cannabis Awareness | November 6, 2019 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM | R2302 | Register.
Overcoming Test Anxiety | November 20, 2019 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM | R2302 | Register.
Stress Management & Self-Care Jeopardy | December 4, 2019 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM | R2302 | Register.
Knowing When People Need Help & Managing Crisis Situations | January 15, 2020 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM | R2303 | Register.
Harm Reduction & Overdose Prevention | January 29, 2020 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM | R2303 | Register.
Healthy Relationships & Sexual Wellness | February 12, 2020 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM | R2303 | Register.
The Helping Skill & Ethics | February 26, 2020 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM | R2303 | Register.
Compassion Fatigue & Burnout | March 11, 2020 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM | R2303 | Register.
Prescription Overuse (Study Drugs & Sedatives) | March 25, 2020 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM | R2303 | Register.
Stress Management & Self-Care | April 8, 2020 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM | R2303 | Register.
*These evening workshops are available to all students free of charge. Pizza provided.
Mental Health Commission of Canada Training
The Inquiring Mind | October 3, 2019 | 4:30 - 8:00 PM | R2404| Register.
Mental Health First Aid | October 26 & November 2, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | R2302 | Register.
The Inquiring Mind | November 7, 2019 | 5:00 - 8:30 PM | R2305 | Register.
Mental Health First Aid | January 18 & January 25, 2020 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | R2302 | Register.
The Inquiring Mind | February 6, 2020 | 4:30 - 8:00 PM | R2404 | Register.
Mental Health First Aid | February 29 & March 7, 2020 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | R2302 | Register.
The Inquiring Mind | March 19, 2020 | 5:00 - 8:30 PM | R2304 | Register.
*Pizza provided for TIM Sessions and lunch provided for MHFA sessions.
*Students have the opportunity to receive co-curricular notion for Mental Health Commission of Canada Training. Learn more.
Primary Care Network Training
Happiness Basics | Begins October 1, 2019 | 4 - 6 PM | R819 | Register.
7 weeks; 2 hour group sessions (October 1, 8, 22, 29 & November 5, 12, 19)
Adults 18 years or older who want to be happier, whether they are depressed, languishing or flourishing. Individuals do not need a diagnosis to take this program. Weekly homework provides individuals with the opportunity to practice the skills and take control of their personal state of happiness. This is not therapy or counseling. There is no expectation for individuals to share and talk about their past.
Bringing In The Bystander: A Prevention Workshop for Establishing a Community of Responsibility | Brought to RDC by Prevention Innovations Research Center of the Univeristy of New Hampshire
Bringing In The Bystander works to cultivate a culture of willingness and confidence to utilize safe interventions, in identifying, as well as preventing sexual assault and harassment. The program identifies the sexual violence continuum and provides research based statistics on sexual violence in the community. Participants will learn to identify risky situations, and engage in a conversation on how to intervene in a safe and effective way. The program also focuses on building empathy for victims of sexual violence and works to change the discourse on sexual violence in our community.
November 26, 2019 | 5:00 – 8:00 PM | R2302 | Register.
February 11, 2020 | 5:00 – 8:00 PM | R2503 | Register.
Communitea (in collaboration with RDC's Students' Association & AHS Community Helpers Program)
One conversation can make all the difference in the life of a student — Communitea provides opportunities for these conversations to happen. Students are provided with a safe place to share and vent with one another over a cup of tea. Peer support is a great way to relieve stress and build relationships. All students are welcome.
Takes place on main campus every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 11 am - 1 pm in room 1205.
*First Communitea date of each semester takes place in the Forum. (September 10, 2019 & January 14, 2020)
Guided by the needs of your group, specific training modules can be delivered in the classroom or any other planned 60 – 90 minute sessions. This training option is best suited to groups who are interested in strengthening particular skills regarding mental wellness, and the health and safety of fellow peers, colleagues, and students.
*Please see attached list of Workshops.