Student Affairs and Outreach Student Affairs and Outreach

A team of Social Workers responsible for drop-in counselling, mental health intake, early alerts, student outreach, crisis response, psycho-educational groups, and consultation to faculty, staff, and students who are concerned about a student.

Address
Third floor (Rm. 310) and fourth floor, Place Riel Student Centre

Urgent assistance

Immediate Danger

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger or experiencing a life threatening event:

  • Saskatoon Police Service 911 or 9-911 (on campus)
  • Royal University Hospital 103 Hospital Drive
  • Campus Protective Services (306) 966-5555

SEEK HELP IMMEDIATELY if, at any time, you are having thoughts of death or suicide accompanied by:

  • A fear that you will hurt yourself
  • You have secured a means to self-harm
  • And/or you have developed a plan for suicide

Urgent after hours assistance

  • Saskatoon Police Service 911 (or 9-911 on campus)
  • Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Services (Mobile Crisis) (306) 933-6200 (24/7)
  • Campus Protective Services (306) 966-5555
  • Royal University Hospital emergency department - 103 Hospital Drive
  • Saskatoon Sexual Assault Crisis Line (306) 244-2224
  • Saskatchewan HealthLine 811 (or 9-811 on campus)

If you or someone you know who is a U of S student is in distress, in crisis, or experiencing a mental health concern please contact us.

About Student Affairs and Outreach

Learn how Student Affairs and Outreach can help.

The following services are provided by the Student Affairs and Outreach team:

Drop-in counselling (3rd floor Place Riel) - Monday to Friday 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm and Wednesdays - all-day

  • Same-day appointments booked on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • Appointments by Intake Counsellors (clinical social workers) 
Drop-in counselling for Usask Campus Residence students - Tuesday and Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
  • To see the Counsellor-in-Residence (CIR) drop by the office located in room 133, Sask Hall, Voyageur Place (Tuesdays, Wednesday mornings, or Fridays) or come by reception on the third floor, Place Riel to book an appointment with the CIR
  • Same-day appointments booked on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • Intake Counsellors (clinical social workers)
Mental health intake
  • A 45-minute holistic mental health assessment. 
  • The intake team provides referrals for ongoing mental health services at the Student Wellness Centre or other on or off-campus services.
Student outreach
  • Urgent appointments for students in distress or crisis
  • Navigation of supports on and off-campus

Crisis response

Consultation with faculty, staff, and students who are concerned about the well-being and/or safety of U of S students

Education and programming - We provide education to the campus community including Mental Health First Aid, The Inquiring Mind, Livingworks safeTALK, Grit & Resiliency, Bringing in the Bystander, Resolving Conflict Constructively, and Introduction to Conflict Resolution: Dealing with Difficult People.

Student Support and Outreach Coordinator

The Student Support and Outreach Coordinators provide support to students in crisis, students who are at-risk, and/or students experiencing complicated and/or complex problems. They work with students to provide:

  • Case management services including; assessment of student needs, solution-focused problem resolution, crisis intervention and prevention, referrals to on and off-campus supports and services, navigation of campus & community resources, and on-going support and follow up)
  • We provide support to student victim/survivors of sexual violence

Student Support and Outreach Coordinators do not provide counselling services.

Referrals to the Student Student and Outreach Coordinators

Contact them directly or request an appointment by calling (306) 966-5757 or dropping by the Student Affairs and Outreach office located on the 3rd floor, Place Riel. 

Drop-in Counselling & Mental Health intake

Drop-in Counselling

Monday to Friday, 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm & Wednesday's - 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Intake team (clinical social workers) provides drop-in, same-day counselling appointments for registered Usask students. These 30-minute sessions do not focus on background details but on the current issue and your specific wellness goal.  We want to help move you forward in a positive direction so these sessions are goal-oriented, focusing on strengths and identifying helpful perspective and/or strategies. 

Drop-in Counselling for Usask Residence students

Tuesday and Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm 

Room 133, Sask Hall, Voyageur Place

Make an appointment with the Counsellor-in-Residence (CIR) by dropping by the residence office (room 133, Sask Hall, Voyageur Place) during the drop in hours or come by reception on the third floor, Place Riel to book an appointment with the CIR

Mental Health Intake

An intake appointment includes a holistic assessment of students who are seeking mental health services. The intake counsellor, along with the student, discuss various services to ensure students access the right service provider at the right time. The intake counsellor will consider a stepped care model of intervention which determines the most effective, yet least resource-intensive treatment. The objective is to match the complexity of the situation with the level of intervention required. Interventions may include conversations relative to self-care, social supports, online mental health resources, workshops, and/or referrals for services at the Student Wellness Centre.  Interventions are effective tools the intake counsellor will discuss with you. Strengthening students coping mechanisms and resiliency to manage the demands and stress of university is an important element of our work with students.

Common reasons you might seek mental health services

  • anxiety which is causing distress and/or impacting your day to day functioning
  • persistent fluctuations in mood
  • suicidality – ideations, gestures, behaviours
  • self-harming behaviours
  • trauma
  • grief and loss
  • eating and body image concerns
  • relationship difficulties
  • physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse
  • sexual assault
  • questions about sexual orientation or gender identity
Professional assistance is advised when mental health difficulties are: intense, persistent, and/or compromising your academic and day-to-day functioning.

What can you expect

Prior to booking your intake appointment, you will be asked to fill out an intake form and a consent form. The intake form helps the intake team identify key problem areas for discussion. 

A 45-minute appointment, which will include the gathering of some information, a holistic assessment and wellness plan which may include a direct referral to a mental health therapist and/or doctor for ongoing mental health support, conversations relative to self-care, social supports, online mental health resources, workshops and/or referrals to other Student Affairs and Services professionals.  

Booking a mental health intake appointment

Appointments can be made on the 3rd floor, Place Riel. Prior to making your appointment, you will be asked to complete two forms (a student information form and consent form). To save time, complete the forms and bring them with you when booking your appointment. 

*All forms must be completed in full and submitted in person (emails cannot be accepted).

Note: If you have any questions about the intake forms please contact us. The consent form will be reviewed in your intake session.

Eligibility for services

Students registered in a minimum of one Usask class can access drop-in counselling and mental health intake services.

Concerned about a student

If you are concerned about a student, call us

Contact the Student Affairs and Outreach team at (306) 966-5757 if you are concerned about a Usask student.  We can provide guidance, assistance and support to faculty, staff, parents, and students who are concerned about a U of S student.

Possible signs of distress

  • If a student has had a significant change in appearance, mood, and/or social functioning
  • A student's behaviour impacts another person’s ability to function appropriately and successfully on campus
  • If a student is experiencing suicidality including threats, gestures, ideation, or attempts or you believe them to be a threat to themselves
  • The student is misusing substances and it is causing others concern
  • The student is displaying odd behaviour that is causing others concern

Wellness Workshops

We are proud to offer a variety of workshops for students faculty and staff. 

The Inquiring Mind: An evidence-based program designed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. This workshop focuses on promoting mental health, reducing stigma and negative attitudes, improving resiliency and coping strategies, increasing knowledge of the mental health continuum, fostering a supportive campus community, and helping to support others. This is a FREE 4-hour workshop for Usask students. If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please contact the Student Affairs and Outreach Manager at (306) 966-5757. 

Menta Health First Aid: **This workshop  is supported by the Cameco Fund for Mental Health** 

A 12-hour evidence-based program designed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. This workshop is the help provided a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Just like physical first aid is provided until medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate support is found or until the crisis is resolved. You will learn to recognize a change in behaviour, respond with a confident conversation, and guide to appropriate resources and support. $25.00 (non-refundable) for student & $75.00 for staff and faculty. If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please contact the Student Affairs and Outreach Manager at (306) 966-5757. 

Fail Forward: Grit & Resiliency: A workshop focused on providing tools and strategies for students to develop and/or enhance their grit and resiliency. Workshop topics include goals & grit, leadership & strength building, gratitude & growth, community & connection. This is a FREE 4-hour workshop for USask students. If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please contact the Student Affairs and Outreach Manager at (306) 966-5757. 

safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone: **This workshop  is supported by the Cameco Fund for Mental Health** 

An evidence-based program developed by livingworks.  You will learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing and engaging persons who might be having thoughts of suicide and to connect them with resources trained in suicide intervention. A FREE 3-hour workshop for students and $10.00 (non-refundable) for faculty and staff.  If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please contact the Student Affairs and Outreach Manager at (306) 966-5757. 

Grief 101: A Support Group for Students: a FREE 5-week successive support group for Usask students who are grieving a death loss. 

Introduction to Conflict Resolution: Dealing with Difficult People: A 12-hour foundational conflict resolution workshop focusing on conflict resolution and tools and strategies when dealing with difficult people. The workshop is a certified program developed by Winnipeg Mediation Services and facilitated by a qualified mediator. $25.00 for Usask students and $100 for faculty and staff. 

Resolving Conflict Constructively: A four-part workshop series which will help you to develop tools and improve skills in problem-solving and conflict management. Workshop topics include Communication and conflict, assertive communication, navigating difficult conversations, how to pull all the skills learned together to manage conflict. 

 

For further information including dates, times, and registration details visit

www.usask.ca/stayhealthy 

Privacy for parents and guardians

The University of Saskatchewan and all Student Affairs and Outreach team members are committed to the well-being of our students. In accordance with The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation, we cannot discuss details about a student or inform of their activities without the student’s direct consent.

If direct consent is provided, the student, at any time, may choose to revoke consent.

This legislation includes speaking with parents, guardians and family members. While you are able to share your concerns with us, we are unable to share information with you. In extreme circumstances, including imminent safety concerns, information may be shared on a case-by-case basis. 

These measures not only meet our legal requirements but also protect the safety of our students

Crisis response

The Student Affairs and Outreach team provides a coordinated response to crisis situations involving a student. A crisis may be caused by events such as a physical or emotional injury or illness, suicidal behaviours, and concerns about safety.

Contact during office hours: Contact (306) 966-5757 or the Manager directly at (306) 966-6079 

Urgent After-Hours Assistance

Additional Crisis Services

Students of Concern Advisory Team (SOCAT)

The Students of Concern Advisory Team is a campus-wide multidisciplinary team of student service professionals from across campus. The team is committed to the safety and well-being of students and the wider university campus community.

Staff

Tracy Spencer
Manager, Student Affairs and Outreach


Beau Gallerneault
Student Support and Outreach Coordinator (Senior)


Ryan Bilanski
Intake Counsellor / Counsellor in Residence


Lisa Greig
Student Support and Outreach Coordinator (clinical)


Shannon Prestupa
Administrative Assistant