For Faculty and Staff

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As a member of the VIU community you have the opportunity to support students who may be struggling with issues that affect their, mental health, academic success, and well-being. Counselling Services supports faculty and staff in a number of ways:

Orientation to counselling services

  • Please feel welcome to share our brief video and website with your students to introduce them to Counselling Services

Consultation

  • Contact us at 250 740-6416
  • to discuss a concern about a particular student
  • to debrief about any incidents with students involving mental health

Workshops for Faculty

Capacity to Connect: Supporting Students in Distress + Supporting Life: Suicide Awareness Workshop - 2 hr Combo!

Learn to recognized signs of distress, respond effectively and refer students to appropriate resources. We've combined our previous workshops addressing how to support distressed students and suicide awareness. Most faculty gave us the feedback that they wanted this single, more in-depth workshop.

More Feet On the Ground 

Can't attend one of our Capacity to Connect workshops? Access this half-hour online workshop developed by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health to learn how to recognize, respond and refer students experiencing mental health issues on campus. This is also a great refresher after taking one of our VIU workshops.

Wellbeing in Learning Environments

There is so much being done at VIU related to wellbeing, but we also wanted to share some excellent resources SFU has.  Stay tuned for more.

Requests for letters in support of students 

Please review the Health and Wellness Centre's policy about requests for letters in support of students (eg. to accommodate extensions, proof of illness, etc.).

Conduct Issues: Student Behaviours that Disrupt the Learning Environment

Conduct issues may include yelling, inappropriate language, sending numerous emails or phone calls with inappropriate content, refusing to follow directions, threats, etc. 

Please contact:

  • Director Student Affairs 250-740-6406
  • Office of Student Conduct Support 250-740-6594
  • Director, International Student Services 250-740-6384
  • Security 250-740-6600
  • See Student Conduct for more information

Take a moment and read this wonderful article by Kathleen Bortolin on why we matter and how we can do better: University Affairs - I Matter Here. Maybe.

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health offers links to other resources and useful information such as Canada's legal requirements to support mental health.