Community Helpers Program

Funded by Alberta Health Services, the Community Helpers Program is a free staff and student training program at the U of A that seeks to provide participants with some basic tools needed to help other community members in distress. This introductory level program builds on your natural helping ability by delivering practical skills and knowledge necessary to support your peers’ mental health and well-being. 

Participation within the student training program will be recognized on the co-curricular record, and provide access to other training and leadership opportunities

Learn more about the Program and register!

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training

QPR is a certified suicide prevention training program that provides community education and engagement in addressing suicide. It is a gatekeeper training that teaches, staff and students alike, the skills to recognize and support people who may be having thoughts of suicide. This training provides campus individuals with essential skills to prevent suicide. Through this training our campus community will become stronger and more able to help provide support to one another.

Learn more about QPR training and register!


One conversation can make all the difference in the life of a student — Unitea provides opportunities for these conversations to happen. Launching in September 2016, Unitea will connect students with trained Unitea volunteers to engage in conversation over a free cup of tea or coffee. The program will be available for students at both North and Augustana campuses.

Learn more about Unitea

Listening to Support Students in Distress: Front Line Staff Training

Front line workers can often be the first point of contact for students in distress.  To better support and navigate students to appropriate campus and community resources, the Community Social Work Team in partnership with Counselling and Clinical Services have developed a practical 60-minute workshop to address basic coping skills and strategies for staff members who work directly with students. 

Learn more about Listening to Support Students in Distress: Front Line Staff Training

Customized Workshops

The Community Social Work Team draws from modules in the Community Helpers program and customized content for individual groups on campus. As well, we work with campus groups and faculties to design and deliver customized workshops that help support students, staff, and faculty members to create connection and build resiliency on campus. 

If you are interested in talking with the team about creating and facilitating workshops in the areas of preventative mental health, personal well-being, mental health promotion, protective factors, community development, and/or community engagement, please contact the team via email at

Community Outreach and Resources

We support students in reaching their goals and bridging them to appropriate resources. In doing so, our team provides short-term support to individual students and student groups in the following areas:

  • Assistance navigating systems and accessing personal and community resources (i.e. housing, financial) strengthening their ability to advocate for themselves
  • Short-term goal setting and action planning 
  • Developing strategies to cope with difficulties (i.e. social/emotional/academic) 
  • Integrating and engaging within the community

If you are experiencing a challenge or supporting a student through a difficult time, contact our office for assistance and a consultation. Call 780-492-3342 or email