For Faculty & Staff
A holistic approach to health & wellness on campus
Students come to Dalhousie and King’s ready to learn but not always prepared for the mental and physical demands of university. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through a period of change and challenge can be tough. While there are resources available to help students maintain their health, there are also resources available to faculty & staff.
Resources: Helping your students
Student Declaration of Absence Form
The new regulation for Missed or Late Academic Requirements due to Student Absence was approved by Dalhousie’s Senate on September 25, 2017 removing the need for medical sick notes for absences that result in missed or late academic requirements of three days or less.
The accompanying Student Declaration of Absence Form and further instructions for faculty are now available.
Online Student referral form (to Student Health & Wellness)
Faculty & staff have the option to raise their concerns to the Student Health & Wellness Team using our student referral form. Referrals to health & wellness team in Halifax are managed by Dalhousie’s Case Manager who will reach out to the student to determine next steps to ensure their health needs are met.
Crisis Event/Emergency Consultation
When critical incidents occur they can have a stressful impact sufficient to overwhelm the usually effective coping skills of a group or individual. Examples include:
- serious injury or sudden death of a student, staff or faculty member
- physical violence
- bombing or other explosions
- other unanticipated traumatic events.
Student Health & Wellness can provide various services to help the university community deal with critical incidents. The main purpose of these services is to prevent or mitigate the negative impact of acute stress on individuals affected by the incident. These services may include:
- Consultation to faculty and administrative staff on the best way of helping people affected by the incident.
- On-site support for people experiencing acute stress reactions. On-site support provides an immediate, less-formal type of debriefing, in which a psychologist goes to the site and talks with individuals or groups affected by the incident. It can help people cope with immediate effects. It also offers an opportunity for the psychologist to assess needs and to provide information about further services.
- Psychological first aid involves further on-site support beyond the initial contact, but soon after the critical incident. It is an evidence-informed modular approach to help reduce the initial distress and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning.
- Group debriefing sessions are an optional service provided by Counselling Services staff, upon request by the relevant department. Sessions are generally two hours in length. Participation is voluntary. It is intended to be only for people directly involved in the critical incident.
- Individual counselling for those who would benefit from services beyond immediate support or group debriefing. Normally the Centre provides individual counselling only to students of Dalhousie University and University of King's College. However we will provide brief counselling to staff and faculty following a traumatic incident on campus, and referral if further services are required.
Resources and Guides
Guide to Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress (Blue Folder)
Our Guide to Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress, often referred to as the Blue Folder, is a resource for faculty and staff. The objectives of the guide are to:
- Educate faculty & staff on the signs of a student in distress
- Provide faculty & staff with the steps required to make a student referral
- Educate faculty & staff on the resources available to students
- Provide quick access to emergency numbers
Information to include on your syllabus (optional)
Students looking to access physical or mental health & wellness services at Dalhousie can go to the Student Health & Wellness Centre in the LeMarchant Building. With walk-in services and same day appointments available, the team includes: registered nurses, physicians, doctors, social workers, counsellors, and registered psychologists. Visit dal.ca/livewell to learn more.
Students looking to access physical or mental health & wellness services at Dalhousie can access Health Services in the Dairy Building (Student Success Centre).
Professional Development and Training
Mental Health 101 Training
Mental Health 101 is a short yet informative presentation developed for university faculty and staff to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness and mental health problems, thus increase your confidence in supporting students. This presentation is delivered jointly by the Director of Counselling, the Coordinator of the Stay Connected Mental Health Project, and a Dalhousie student representative.
By attending this session you will:
- Achieve a better understanding of mental health and mental illness
- Learn to recognize some of the common signs of student mental health issues
- Increase your confidence to engage with students around mental health
- Be aware of resources available on campus and in our community
Mental Health 101 is presented twice a semester. You can see scheduled presentations on the Dalhousie Employee Learning Calendar.
Health & Wellness Presentations to students
Students can benefit from 30–60 minute sessions covering topics of your choice, including student health & wellness. By attending a presentation on health & wellness, students will:
- Be able to identify services, programs, and resources that can support their health
- Understand how good health & wellness can contribute to their academic success
- Understand self-care and the importance of engaging in self-care
To request a presentation, email email@example.com
Dalhousie Student Affairs also offers student presentations from the Writing Centre, the Bissett Student Success Centre, and other departments.
Health & Wellness Presentations to faculty & staff
The Dalhousie Student Health & Wellness team can be invited to present to faculty & staff groups. The goals of these presentations are:
- To expand the skills of faculty & staff to support mental health issues
- To raise awareness for on-campus mental health services, resources & programs
- To promote a culture of, and take a holistic approach to, wellness across Dalhousie campuses integrating physical, mental and spiritual health together
The presentation can also cover requested topics in more depth such as personal safety or making a student referral.
To request a presentation, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexualized Violence Policy
At Dalhousie University, we believe that everyone deserves a living, working, and academic environment free of violence and harassment. It takes all of us to move towards a culture of consent on campus.
The Purple Folder is available as a resource for responding when someone share an experience of Sexualized Violence.
Learn about Dalhousie’s Sexualized Violence Policy at www.dal.ca/hres/sexualized-violence.html
Alcohol Policy and Alcohol Harm Reduction
Dalhousie University supports responsible choices involving alcohol. We all have a responsibility regarding our consumption and to help minimize risk as a result of consumption.
Learn about Dal's Alcohol Policy and tips on Alcohol Harm Reduction at www.dal.ca/alcoholsafety.
Resources: Helping yourself
Workshops & Training
Dalhousie offers a wide range of workshops & training for faculty & staff that can be found on the Employee Learning Calendar.
Healthy Dalhousie Blog
Healthy Dalhousie provides information about health-related services that serve to promote the well-being of faculty and staff at Dalhousie University. You can find health-related topics and general health tips.