Support Over Suicide & Students In Distress

If you see someone in distress or at risk of suicide, do you know how to help?

Do you have concerns about your own mental health?

Please note that these sessions are designed to educate on how you can help others, and are not therapy. Explore more options for supporting students at SFU, or find resources for faculty and staff.

What is SOS/SID?

Support Over Suicide & Students in Distress (SOS/SID) is a workshop designed to provide participants with a brief introduction on how to recognize potential signs of distress and/or suicide risk, how to provide immediate support, and how to make appropriate referrals.

Participants will learn how to ask about suicidal thoughts and learn how to effectively respond to students in distress using interpersonal skills. The workshop teaches participants how to successfully connect a student that may be struggling with various SFU and community based services. This workshop is free and open to all members of the SFU community.

What is the workshop like?

This term, SOS/SID is split into two parts. Supporting Students in Distress is a two hour session, and Support Over Suicide is a 3 hour session.

Why do we offer SOS/SID?

Many students experience a range of mental health issues, from depression and anxiety, to risk of self-harm or suicide. These are difficult issues to deal with if you are someone's friend, advisor, or instructor.

If you are interested, but unable to attend...

Let us know 'why', so we can make SOS/SID more accessible to you.

Fall 2021 Schedule

Sessions will be held via Zoom.

Supporting Students in Distress

Thurs, October 7 | 1:30 to 3:30pm

Weds, November 3 | 9:30 to 11:30am

Support Over Suicide

Weds, October 20 | 9:30am to 12:30pm

Tues, November 16 | 12:30 to 3:30pm

Check out Upcoming Session for any updated times or changes to the sessions.

This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official university document that tracks your co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more.

Recognize potential signs of distress/suicide risk

Provide immediate support

Make appropriate referrals

How do I register?

Register by filling out the WebSurvey. The Zoom link will be sent to you via email one day before the workshop.

For further inquiries, please email David at

Upcoming Session

About the Facilitators

The October 7 and November 16 sessions will be facilitated by Beth and Ruth.

The October 20 and November 3 sessions will be facilitated by Lyndsay and Britt.

Beth Triano

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Beth is a Registered Clinical Counsellor working within a client centered, intersectionality framework. She appreciates that students are busy, often overwhelmed and lead lives outside the confines of being a student. Beth’s life experience as a yoga and meditation instructor, group facilitator and graduate student inform her in her counselling work. She strives to support the development of insight, strategies and tools to assist students in reaching their counselling and broader life goals. Beth is a certified EMDR therapist with experience in supporting clients through issues related to trauma history, self-esteem, stress, anxiety and low mood.


Mental Health Nurse

Lyndsay Cotterall (She/Hers)

Registered Clinical Counsellor 

Lyndsay is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with an M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology from Simon Fraser University. She works from a client and student-centred perspective with an emphasis on creating a collaborative, supportive, and caring space to meet the client’s unique needs. She integrates relational-cultural, emotion-focused, and cognitive behavioural theories, as well as motivational interviewing into her daily work. Lyndsay is passionate about stigma reduction and has the pleasure of overseeing and supporting the Hi-FIVE Movement for Mental Health Program at SFU. She also works actively in the Health & Counselling Practicum Program.

Britt Phillips

Mental Health Nurse

Britt holds a Diploma of Psychiatric Nursing from Douglas College and has 8 years of experience working in the field of psych nursing. After spending 5 years working with children and youth at BC Children’s hospital in various mental health programs, Britt joined SFU’s Health and Counselling team as a Mental Health Nurse.