Detailed Agenda

This agenda provides suggested timings for a two-hour session, the minimum time recommended for presenting the information and providing time for the activities. However, you may want more time to offer this training and could extend the session to two-and-a-half or even three hours to allow more time for discussion, debriefs, and short breaks, and to give students lots of time to work through the scenarios at the end. Some facilitators may want to offer this training over two sessions. While this training is adaptable, we recommend that you include the sections on Indigenous perspectives on wellness, diversity, and marginalized groups, as it is important to maintain the integrity of diversity of voice in this resource.

Activity Suggested Time
Opening the Session

  • Territory Acknowledgement
  • Opening Check In
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Practical Information
  • Support and Self-Care and Breathing Exercise
  • Group Guidelines
9 min.
What Is Mental Health and Wellness?

  • Brainstorming Activity: What Mental Health Means
  • The Wellness Wheel
10 min.
The Language of Mental Health

  • Mental Health Continuum
  • Mental Health Terms
  • The Relationship Between Mental States
  • Dual Continuum Model of Mental Health and Mental Illness
  • Activity: Words Matter
15 min.
Marginalized Groups and Mental Health

  • Overview of Marginalized Groups
  • What We Need to Keep in Mind
  • Activity: Reflection
9 min.
Let’s Talk about Stress

  • Rethinking Stress
  • Video: Why Stress is Good for You
  • The Stress Curve
  • Resilience
  • Activity: Thinking about Stress
15 min.
What To Do When We’re Stressed

  • Three Steps to Take
  • Global Events and Mental Health
  • Taking Charge of Your Health
  • Activity: Discussion on Taking Care of Your Health
10 min.
Helping Other Students

  • Activity: Reflection on What We Need When We’re Distressed
  • Video: Brené Brown on Empathy
  • Steps to Take When Helping Others
  • Services and Resources at Your Institution
  • Provincial Crisis and Support Lines
  • If the Student Won’t See a Counsellor or Seek Help
12 min.
Maintaining Boundaries

  • Check In with Your Feelings
  • Consult with Others
  • Activity: Brainstorming Self-Care Ideas
5 min.
Scenarios for Practice and Discussion

  • Activity: Practice Scenarios (11 scenarios to choose from)
  • Scenario Debrief
20 min
Concluding the Session

  • Summary of Key Points
  • Questions
10 min.



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Starting A Conversation About Mental Health: Foundational Training for Students Copyright © 2021 by UBC Student Health and Wellbeing Staff; Jewell Gillies; Barbara Johnston; Liz Warwick; Dagmar Devine; Jenny Guild; Arica Hsu; Hamza Islam; Mehakpreet Kaur; Malena Mokhovikova; Jackson Mackenzie Nicholls; and Calla Smith is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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