Faculty & Staff Resources

Healing Space - Workshops for BIPOC Staff | May 3 to May 11

These workshops are reserved for Student Services staff members only who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour (BIPOC). This is an experiential and discussion based workshop focused on understanding and taking care of what happens within ourselves as we witness or experience racism. Together we will explore strategies for self-regulation, strategies for safely discharging racialized traumas, and strategies to strengthen the resources needed for our individual and collective well-being.

These workshops provide a safe, intimate space for sharing and learning. Registration will be limited and you will be encouraged to keep your video on (if possible). Please know that these sessions will not be recorded, and we will maintain confidentiality of all attendees. We ask that you do the same and honor the confidentiality of those in your session.

  • Please register for the ONE group that feels most applicable.

Healing Space: A Group for Asian-Identifying Staff

Monday, May 3 | 2:30pm to 4:30pm   

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Healing Space: A Group for BIPOC Staff

Tuesday, May 4 | 2:30pm to 4:30pm   

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Healing Space: A Group for Self-Identified BIPOC Women

Tuesday, May 11 | 2:30pm to 4:30pm   

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About the Facilitator

Ly Mai Hoang is a registered clinical counsellor and educator with 18 years of experience supporting diverse communities. Ly has facilitated workshops for youth, university students, families, and professionals on mindfulness, mental health literacy, compassion fatigue, promoting resilience and managing stress. Ly was part of the Counselling team at Health & Counselling from June 2019 to Nov 2020. 

For any questions related to these workshops, please email hcsinfo@sfu.ca.

Please note: Discussing racism can activate a person’s emotional responses and you may feel grief, pain, anger, or sadness. If you find yourself in this position, please reach out for support from your Employee Family Assistance Program.

Together we can build a more supportive campus community. 

Whether you are an instructor, a faculty member, a staff, a TA/TM, or a student leader, you are part of the SFU community and play a role in impacting the lives of students. The work you do here has an affect on the well-being of students and on that of our community. 

There are many ways you can join in the efforts of enhancing the communities, learning environments, practices and policies, physical spaces and more, so that all systems and levels are conducive to well-being.

Create a culture of care

Receive Assistance to Support Student Mental Health using My SSP

My SSP (Student Support Program) offers free, confidential 24/7 mental health support for all students. Counselling can be accessed through the free My SSP app or by calling 1.844.451.9700 (also available outside North America at 001.416.380.6578).

As a staff, faculty, or student leader you can:

  • Promote My SSP by sharing contact information for My SSP and Health and Counselling Services

  • Download the My SSP app on your phone and encourage students do the same

  • Assist students in accessing My SSP, provided you have their consent, by doing the following: 

    • Assisted Referral: help students connect with My SSP for the first time

    • Outreach Request: ask My SSP to call the student

  • Call 1.844.451.9700 anytime to request a staff/faculty consultation to receive guidance and advice from My SSP on particular issues (i.e. supporting students that may be in distress, withdrawn or isolated, and those with communication difficulties or language barriers)

  • Chat with an advisor through the My SSP app for advice on navigating ways to reach out to a student in need

  • Contact SFU Health and Counselling Services during office hours for assistance or to receive a consultation with HCS

Contribute to well-being through environments, processes, spaces and decisions

Build a Healthy Campus Community 

Every decision we make in our roles can impact health and well-being and positively contribute to a healthy campus community. 

A healthy campus community is one where the people, processes, policies, environments and spaces contribute to well-being and success for all. Watch a short video (3:34min) illustrating how all systems within post-secondary are connected to health and well-being.

SFU’s Healthy Campus Community (HCC) vision: “Simon Fraser University is a healthy campus community where the people, programs, practices, policies, and spaces foster well-being, supporting campus members to thrive and succeed at SFU and beyond.”

As part of the Healthy Campus Community initiative, well-being is embedded within the following areas for action: 

  • Learning and working environments

  • Policies and processes

  • Personal growth and development 

  • Social connection and community engagement

  • Physical spaces

  • Services and supports

Collaborative and innovative projects exist related to: 

Learn more about the Healthy Campus Community initiative and the areas for action.

Connect and Work with SFU Health Promotion

Want to learn more, collaborate or join us? SFU Health Promotion collaborates with staff, faculty members, instructors, students within various departments, faculties, teams and groups to collectively build healthy and supportive campus communities by increasing campus and individual capacity. Connect with the Health Promotion team to explore opportunities of working together. Discover ways to take action to enhance student health and well-being

Support someone you think may be struggling

Support Students in Distress

As a staff, faculty or student leader, you may directly interact with students. Creating a supportive community involves caring and responsive members that are prepared to assist and support someone in distress who may be experiencing mental health challenges. 

Learn how you can support students in distress, identify signs and assist a student in need by connecting them to available support services and resources. Download a printable Response Guide for Supporting Students in Distress or request a training workshop for your faculty, department, unit or team.

Promote ways that students can support their own well-being proactively. Explore mental health resources available for students at SFU. 

Manage a Critical Incident

A critical incident typically involves a traumatic event that creates a strong emotional reaction. It may interfere with the ability to manage day-to-day activities or have a negative impact on those involved. A supportive community looks out for its members and responds to critical incidents with empathy and compassion. Learn more about critical incidents and how to respond and support those involved.

Enhance health knowledge, attitude, skills and behaviour

Request a Workshop or Outreach

Health and Counselling Services is here to educate you and raise awareness about health and well-being, mental health, resilience and self-care, supporting students in distress, support over suicide, and more. 

View available on-demand workshops and outreach opportunities and request one for your faculty, department, unit or team.

Care for your Own Well-being

Your health and well-being also matters. You must care for yourself in order to be able to care for others. Explore health and well-being resources and support services for SFU faculty and staff.