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Mental Health training is a free professional development opportunity designed for University of Minnesota faculty and staff. Participants will learn up-to-date information about UMN students and essential skills for supporting the needs of today’s students. Upon completion of the modules, graduates will earn the designation ‘Mental Health Advocate’.

This fully-asynchronous series of training allows participants to access the content proactively in full, or as your schedule allows in response to specific situations. The program is made up of eight, 20-minute long modules available on-demand: anywhere, anytime.

  • Student mental health at UMN-TC – prerequisite module
  • Making effective referrals
  • Listening effectively to student mental health concerns
  • Responding appropriately to student mental health concerns
  • Situations of student suicidality
  • The impact of identity and oppression on student mental health
  • Beyond the individual: Promoting mental health for groups of students
  • Taking action to promote student mental health: Applied project

Everyone has a role to play in supporting student mental health on campus. We’ve heard loud and clear that faculty and staff are noticing increased mental health distress in students, and have put together training that includes ‘how to’ scripts, clarifies the balance between professional boundaries and demonstrating care, and has skills-building related to equity and inclusion woven throughout all of the modules. Build your skills today to improve outcomes for students and reduce your own stress associated with student mental health concerns by enrolling in Mental Health training today!

SCS Outreach

SCS Outreach aims to connect with the larger university in order to strengthen our community. SCS partners with our campus leaders such as staff and faculty involvement to offer a variety of education and prevention events.

Schedule a SCS workshop/information session for your team/office to learn about ways to support students' mental health.


Student Counseling Services is available to provide consultation to the university community. If faculty or staff are concerned about a student, you can call us at 612-624-3323 and ask to speak to the On Duty counselor.
Another resource for faculty and staff who would like to consult about a student is the Office for Student Affairs Care Program.

Other Resources

  • JED Faculty Guide to Supporting Student Mental Health
  • Faculty Resource- Creating a Caring Culture
  • Boynton Health’s PAWS
  • Boynton's Health’s SNAC