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.

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.


The Super Guide To Nutrition (in partnership with Gary W. Harris Fitness & Wellness Services)

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.

*Dinner provided.

February 4, 2020 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM | GWH Room 167 | Register.


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

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.

Cannabis Awareness | 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.

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

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.


Bringing In The Bystander: A Prevention Workshop for Establishing a Community of Responsibility | Brought to RDC by Prevention Innovations Research Center of the University 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.

*Pizza provided.

February 11, 2020 | 5:00 – 8:00 PM | R2503 | Register.


Primary Care Network Programs 

Happiness Basics | Thursdays @ 4:00 – 6:00 PM | Room 1222

7 weeks; 2 hour group sessions (beginning January 30, 2020)

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.

Individuals can self-refer here OR obtain a referral from a counsellor.


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)


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.