Support Over Suicide & Students In Distress

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

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.

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.

Recognize potential signs of distress/suicide risk

Provide immediate support

Make appropriate referrals

How does it work?

The facilitators will be doing a presentation about how to recognize potential signs of distress and/or suicide risk, how to provide immediate support, and how to make appropriate referrals. 

There will be a one hour lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30pm with two smaller breaks throughout.

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.

Where does it take place?

SOS/SID takes place online via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the workshop starts.

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

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

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.

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

How do I join?

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 Beth at beth_triano@sfu.ca.

Upcoming Session

About the Facilitators

The first session will be facilitated by David and Britt.

The second session will be facilitated by Beth and Ruth.

David Lindskoog

David is a Registered Clinical Counsellor holding a MA in counselling psychology from Adler University. His approach integrates emotion-focused, narrative, and cognitive-behavioural therapy, and he prioritizes offering a grounded and caring atmosphere emphasizing safety and empathy. David is passionate about suicide prevention, social justice, career and professional development concerns, and the use of role-playing games in therapy.

Britt Phillips

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.

Ruth Vandenberg

Ruth is a Mental Health Nurse at SFU Health & Counselling Services.

Beth Triano

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.