We offer a variety of mental health and suicide prevention training opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.

Please fill out the form below to request a workshop or one-on-one session. We accept requests from UVM students, faculty, staff and occasionally Vermont community members. We appreciate at least 2 weeks advance notice. We will do our best to be in touch within 2-3 business days after receiving the request form.

If you have any questions or if you are interested in something that isn't listed here please let us know.

Mental Health Consultations

Our Counseling and Psychiatry Services team offers consultations to support students, faculty, and staff. These can include presentations or conversations such as:

  • Understanding and supporting student mental health needs;
  • Mental health questions and answers;
  • Addressing campus emergencies.

Our team can work with you to shape an offering to your individual or group needs and identities.

Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education

Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students
Length: 2 hours self-guided, followed by 6.5 hours virtually (please note: virtual session includes a one-hour lunch break)

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health problems and substance use disorders. The training teaches you how to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

What this training covers:

  • Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury.
  • Use a 5-step action plan to help people in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.
  • Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for addressing mental health stigma.
  • Apply knowledge of the appropriate resources available to help someone with a mental health treatment, management, and recovery.
  • Assessing your own views and feelings about mental health problems and disorders.

Upcoming trainings

The UVM Adult Mental Health First Aid Team will be offering two trainings in Summer 2021 open to UVM faculty and staff.  The Adult Mental Health First Aid training will be offered virtually and are capped at 20 participants and run 9 AM - 3:30 PM, including a 30-minute lunch break. 

  • March 18, 2022, register by March 7. Register here
  • May 18, 2022, register by May 6. Register here

Campus Connect Suicide Prevention Program

Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students
Length: 3 hours

If you interact with students you know how important it is to help them feel heard and understood. Campus Connect is an interactive training that helps build on personal connections when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis or suicidal ideation.

What this training covers:

  • Increase knowledge of suicide warning signs and resources to support people in crisis.
  • Increase listening and communication skills to ask people if they are thinking about suicide
  • Increase your own self-awareness about the potential emotional reactions you might have interacting with someone in crisis.

CARE Team Roadshow

Audience: Faculty, Staff
Length: 60-90 minutes

Presenters will identify best practices for faculty and staff in identifying, supporting, and referring students with behavioral and/or mental health concerns within and outside the classroom. This presentation will discuss current mental health and behavioral trends and challenges in today’s college student population. It will address ethical and legal concerns in managing students at risk, as well as how to effectively partner with and refer students to campus resources as part of a campus-wide and interdisciplinary approach to student success.

This presentation will discuss current mental health and behavioral trends and challenges in today’s college student population. Presenters will identify best practices for faculty and/or staff in identifying, supporting, and referring students with behavioral and/or mental health concerns within and outside the classroom. Ethical and legal concerns in managing students at risk will be addressed, as well as how to effectively partner with and refer students to campus resources as part of a campus-wide and interdisciplinary approach to student success.

Learning Goals:

  • Identify ways to recognize common indicators and discern the difference between distressed and disruptive students.
  • Develop skills and response strategies.
  • Learn about campus referral resources and appropriate referral channels to better support faculty and staff.
  • Identify ways to recognize common indicators of behavioral and mental health concerns and discern the difference between distressed and disruptive students.
  • Develop skills and strategies to identify and respond to students of concern.
  • Learn about campus referral resources and appropriate referral channels to better support faculty and staff.
 
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