Suicide Prevention and Awareness Workshop


A brief introduction on how to recognize potential signs of distress and/or suicide risk, and how to provide immediate support.

Suicide Prevention and Awareness Workshop

If you see someone in distress or at risk of suicide, do you know how to help? Suicide Prevention and Awareness Workshops (formerly called Support Over Suicide or SOS training) are 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.

In the Suicide Prevention and Awareness Workshop (formerly called Support Over Suicide or SOS training), 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.


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.

This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official university document. Learn more

Summer 2022 Schedule

Tuesday June 28, 1:30 to 4:30 PM

Monday July 25, 1:30 to 4:30 PM

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


Register via the Eventbrite link and a zoom link will be sent to you before the event.

For further inquiries, please email David at

Supporting Students in Distress Canvas Course

This resource has been put together by staff at Health & Counselling as a companion and supplement to the workshops. This Canvas course was launched in June 2022, and we are looking for feedback. To share, please email

Upcoming Workshops

About the Facilitators

Deborah Fung

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Deborah is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and passionate about supporting students wherever they're at in their personal mental health journey.  Her previous roles at SFU involved academic advising and program planning for new students, which fostered her appreciation for the variety of unique needs across a diverse student population.  As an Access Case Manager, Deborah is curious to learn about the details of your individual concerns so that she can connect you with the best fit resource to support you.

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.

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.