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Mental Health Matters Series

Mental Health Matters Student Counseling Services is excited to partner with the Center for Teaching and Learning to offer faculty and staff training designed to equip participants to better understand and support students around mental health concerns. By supporting student mental health and well-being, faculty and staff can facilitate higher student retention and persistence to graduation as well as impact students’ overall ability to successfully pursue their academic, personal and career goals.

For questions about workshops in this series, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with UAB Student Counseling Services.

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  • Mental Health Matters: Foundations

    This introductory workshop will provide participants with basic information to help better understand and support mental health for our students and our campus. Workshop topics include information about the prevalence of mental health concerns and its impact on college students nationally as well as at UAB, recognizing students in distress, strategies for supporting students with mental health concerns, campus and community resources available for student support, setting boundaries and self-care, and strategies for promoting well-being in students. Participants will receive a 4X4” decal to display indicating to students you support mental health at UAB.


    QPR Suicide Gatekeeper Certification

    QPR Suicide Gatekeeper Certification equips participants with a practical intervention model, Question-Persuade-Refer, that can be used to provide life-saving crisis support to individuals who may be considering suicide. In the state of Alabama, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for ages 15 – 24.  This workshop is facilitated by nationally-certified trainers.  This workshop also counts toward requirements for the UAB Cares Mental Health Advocate Level 1 Badge and employees may receive My Health Rewards for completing the course.


    Mental Health Matters: First Aid

    Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training — which focuses on the unique experiences and needs of college students — gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. Participants will receive a free Mental Health First Aid training manual (valued at $20) and will receive a certification through the National Council on Behavioral Health. View this one-page flyer for more information. This workshop also counts toward requirements for the UAB Cares Mental Health Advocate Level 2 Badge for faculty/staff and employees may receive My Health Rewards for completing the course.


    Mental Health Matters: Collegiate Substance Use and Student Support

    The question of how to support students struggling with substance use has long been a source of concern among higher education professionals. Peer socialization around substances, along with long-standing cultural messaging about the college experience, prevents students from recognizing or acknowledging potential substance use concerns. Social stigma around substance use disorder is also a barrier to students seeking support or improving their relationship to substances. This seminar focuses on the realities of substance use as a widespread community health concern, establishing open and honest dialogues with students about substances, and how to create recovery-ready communities that meet the unique needs of UAB students.

Reserve CTL Space

The UAB Center for Teaching and Learning promotes educational and professional development that leads to innovation in the classroom and meaningful student learning. Our offerings and space is available to any UAB faculty, student facing staff, or individuals teaching a course currently that is interested in professional and educational development. If you are in need of space for a faculty meeting, training, and or retreat we would love to host you. Contact us today at uabctl@uab.edu to check availability. Please include the dates of interest, time, purpose of reservation, and those who will be in attendance.

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