Student Affairs and Outreach

A team of Social Workers who support students throughout their academic journey. The team provides direct support to students, educational programming, crisis response, and consultation to faculty, staff, and students who are concerned about a student.

Service changes to help slow the spread of COVID-19

Student Affairs and Outreach is closed but offering services remotely. Learn more about our changes in service.

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

 

 

Urgent assistance

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

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

  • Local crisis lines
    • Saskatoon Mobile Crisis (306) 933-6200 
    • Prince Albert Crisis Unit (306) 764-1011
    • Regina Mobile Crisis (306) 757-0127
    • Southwest Crisis Services 1-800-567-3334
  • Campus Protective Services (306) 966-5555
  • Royal University Hospital emergency department - 103 Hospital Drive
  • Saskatoon Sexual Assault Crisis Line (306) 244-2224
  • Crisis Services Canada 1-833-456-4566
  • Wellness Together Canada 1-855-585-0445
  • Hope for Wellness Help Line (help for all Indigenous People in Canada) 1-855-242-3310

 

 

 

Student Support and Outreach Coordinators

The Student Support and Outreach Coordinators provide support to students throughout their academic journey. We provide direct support to students who 

  • Are in distress or crisis
  • Have a lot going on and are feeling overwhelmed
  • Are feeling stuck and don’t know what to do next
  • Are experiencing a complicated or complex problem(s)
  • Are in need of intervention and connections to university and community programs
  • Are experiencing difficulties, challenges and/or barriers in their personal and academic lives
  • Are impacted by traumatic events on or off-campus
  • Find themselves in trouble and need help navigating systems, on and off-campus services, or various Usask policies
  • Need help with difficult academic-related conversations
  • Need strategies for resolving conflict with a peer, instructor, supervisor, or roommate
  • Have been hospitalized, are at risk of receiving a faculty action or requesting a leave of absence from their program
  • victims, survivors, and respondents of sexualized and gender-based violence

We provide practical support, education, coaching, mentorship, crisis intervention & management, problem-solving, resource navigation, referrals to on and off-campus resources, and ongoing follow-up care.

We do not provide mental health therapy

Referrals to the Student Student and Outreach Coordinators

Contact them directly or request an appointment by calling (306) 966-5757. 

Drop-in Crisis and Coaching appointments

Drop-in crisis and coaching appointments

Drop-in crisis and coaching services are available by telephone. If you are in seeking a same-day appointment, phone 306-966-5757.

Same-day counselling for USask Campus Residence students (only)

If you live in residence and are seeking a same-day telephone counselling appointment, phone 306-966-5757.

Concerned about a student

If you are concerned about a student, call us at (306) 966-5757

We can provide guidance, assistance and support to faculty, staff, parents, and students who are concerned about a USask student.

Possible signs of distress

  • If a student has had a 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 thoughts of suicide
  • If a student has attempted suicide 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. This activity is approved for inclusion on your USask student Co-Curricular Record (ccr.usask.ca). If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please contact the Student Affairs and Outreach Manager at (306) 966-5757. 

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

An evidence-based program designed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. This workshop is the help provided to 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. This activity is approved for inclusion on your USask student Co-Curricular Record (ccr.usask.ca). Prices for this workshop are: $25.00 (non-refundable) for student & $75.00 (non-refundable) for staff and faculty. 

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. This activity is approved for inclusion on your USask student Co-Curricular Record (ccr.usask.ca). 

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. This activity is approved for inclusion on your USask student Co-Curricular Record (ccr.usask.ca). Prices for this 3-hour workshop are $10.00 (non-refundable) for students and $20.00 (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: TBD 

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. This activity is approved for inclusion on your USask student Co-Curricular Record (ccr.usask.ca).Prices for this workshop are:$25.00 for students and $100 for faculty and staff. 

Resolving Conflict Constructively: A four-part workshop series that 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. This activity is approved for inclusion on your USask student Co-Curricular Record (ccr.usask.ca). 

Bringing in the Bystander: A 2-hour skill-building bystander intervention workshop for preventing sexual violence and establishing a community of responsibility. This activity is approved for inclusion on your USask student Co-Curricular Record (ccr.usask.ca).

Mental Health and Wellness 101: This session will help to clarify what exactly is mental health, how it is connected to coping and resiliency, and how to reach out for support when needed. This session will increase your comfort and confidence in talking about mental health and how to promote positive mental health within yourself.

Resiliency 101/Fail Forward: 

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

Virtual Wellness Workshops

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, suicide behaviours, and concerns about safety.

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

 

Staff

Tracy Spencer
Manager, Student Affairs and Outreach


Beau Gallerneault
Student Support and Outreach Coordinator (Senior)


Ryan Bilanski
Student Support and Outreach Coordinator / Counsellor in Residence


Jessica Fox
Student Support and Outreach Coordinator


Karim Raji
Administrative Assistance