York University’s Mental Health and Wellness strategy includes building capacity to support York community members in mental wellness including training and education. The following sessions are available:

Student Mental Health 101

  • Available only to current York University students. This session is led by a Peer Health Educator. 
  • 2 hours in person 

Student Mental Health 101 aims to provide students with the skills needed to recognize, respond and refer other peers with mental health concerns. The learning objectives of this session include:

  • Helping participants gain a better understanding of the type of mental health concerns that York University students face. We will review statistics unique to our York student population to allow participants to better understand, normalize and empathize with complex lived experiences.
  • Increasing awareness of some of the mental health related situations you may encounter as a peer when interacting with fellow classmates, colleagues and/or friends 
  • Being able to recognize, respond, and refer students experiencing mental health issues and/or distress to appropriate campus resources. 
  • Providing opportunities to practice the skills needed to support students experiencing mental health issues and/or distress. 
  • Increasing understanding of the importance of your own self-care, well-being and the necessity for healthy boundaries to be an effective helper.  


  • Available only to current York University students, faculty, and staff
  • 3 hours in person

safeTALK, is a training that prepares individuals to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better able to:

  • move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide;
  • identify people who have thoughts of suicide;
  • apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, intervention caregivers.

 Note: Location information will be provided upon successful registration.  

** Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start-time. Due to the sensitive nature of this training, late participants will not be permitted into the sessionCertification requirements follows strict protocol set forth by Livingworks Education. 


  • Available only to current York University students, faculty, and staff
  • 2 full days in person,  8:30am-4:30pm

*Please note: to become ASIST certified you must attend both training days.

The ASIST workshop is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over one million caregivers have participated in this two-day, highly interactive, practical, practice-oriented workshop.

Participation in the full two days is required. Enjoy small group discussions and skills practice that are based upon adult learning principles. Experience powerful videos on suicide intervention. Feel challenged and safe. Learn suicide first aid.

Mental Health 101

  • Available only to student organizations, clubs, departments, faculty and staff members.
  • 1.5 hours in person

Mental Health 101 is a training module that is available to student organizations, clubs, departments and faculty units. It aims to provide the skills participants need to identify, respond and refer to students with mental health concerns. The learning objectives of this session include:

  • Gaining a better understanding of the mental health concerns facing York university students.
  • Increased awareness of some of the mental health related situations you may encounter in your role.
  • Being able to identify, connect with, and refer students in poor mental health and/or distress to appropriate campus resources.
  • Having the opportunity to practice the skills needed to support students in poor mental health and/or distress.

*Offered only on request. 

How to Enable Accommodations

In this workshop, managers will receive a detailed overview of their responsibility to provide accommodations based on the Ontario Human Rights Code, such as those involving disability (including mental health), creed (religion), and sex/gender. Additionally, participants will learn strategies to increase inclusion and accessibility in the workplace.

Interested in training sessions? Are you a current York University student, faculty or staff? Email -