Campus Connections

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.

*Lunch provided.

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.


Wellness Wednesday Workshops (in partnership with AHS Community Helpers Program)

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.

Cannabis Awareness | March 11, 2020 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM | R2303 | Register.

Test Anxiety | March 18, 2020 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM | Room 2205 | Register.

Prescription Overuse (Study Drugs & Sedatives) | March 25, 2020 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM | R2303 | Register.

Domains of 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

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.

*Students have the opportunity to receive co-curricular notion for Mental Health Commission of Canada Training. Learn more.


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 The Loft. 

*First Communitea date of each semester takes place in the Forum. (September 10, 2019 & January 14, 2020)


Customized Workshops

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.