You can attend a workshop to help you be better equipped to help a loved one or peer in need!
Mental Health First Aid is a workshop in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and has a recommended group size between 12-24 participants. It provides the skills and knowledge to increase awareness of mental health issues and decrease stigma. The cost per participant is $38.
- For more information, visit the MHFA website or contact hub.outreach [at] mcgill.ca.
To be notified of future MHFA training dates, please fill out the MHFA Training Notification Form.
We all experience moments in our lives when we struggle and feel overwhelmed. Noticing that a friend might need someone to talk to and actually talking to them are very different things! Actually working up the courage to talk to a friend in need can be daunting, but there are strategies that can help you reach out. In addition to the tips below, you can watch our How to Help a Friend video series on the On-Demand Programming Page.
Listen SupportivelySometimes, the best thing you can do for someone is listen, instead of trying to solve their problems. Help your friend feel like they’re in a safe space by believing what they say, not judging and validating their emotions.
Refer Your FriendIt is perfectly normal to feel like you can’t help your friend on your own. They might also need professional help. McGill services are here, as well as other wellness resources online and in the community. If you can, offer to come with them to the Brown Building or wherever else they need to go.
Know Your LimitsSometimes, you may feel that your friend or someone you know is a danger to themselves or to others. Trust your gut and call 911 or Security Services if you’re on campus at 514-398-3000 (if you’re on the Macdonald Campus, call 514-398-7777). By asking for help, you’re also helping a person in need. Otherwise, remember to seek support for yourself if you need it!