Blue Folder

Your Guide to Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress

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 

Request Hard Copies 

If you would like to request hard copies of the Blue Folder, please contact

Online Versions

Halifax Campuses [PDF] (September 2019)
Agricultural Campus [PDF] (September 2016)
King's Campus [PDF] (October 2018)

Mobile Application

You can access the Blue Folder on the DalSAFE app under the Safety Toolkit, Mental Health. 


Sign up for Mental Health 101 training or request a presentation from the Student Health & Wellness team to learn more about the Blue Folder and health & wellness at Dalhousie. 

Purple Folder 

The Purple Folder is your guide to responding when someone shares with you an experience of Sexualized Violence. The Purple Folder outlines positive and negative responses, resources and supports that exist on campus and in the community, referral options, and other resources to help you navigate those discussions.