Suicide Prevention

  • Blue banner with image of a hand holding a red poppy and written in text World Suicide Prevention Day Sept.10, 2021. Suicide can be prevented. If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out.

Join us on September 10 for World Suicide Prevention Day! This day is a chance for us to increase our understanding of suicide ideation and work towards destigmatization so more people can get support sooner. You can also wear a yellow ribbon to show your support! Ribbons are available on billboards across campus and in room I151. 

Every year, 1 in 5 MRU students seriously consider suicide, but less than a third seek out professional help. Those experiencing suicide ideation can feel isolated due to stigma, creating hesitation when reaching out for help. This page shares some of the signs you might notice if someone is struggling and tips you can use to help. 

Those struggling with suicide ideation are never alone, and it is okay to talk about it. Death by suicide and suicide ideation can impact all those inolved, including loved ones. Help spread awareness by learning the signs of suicide ideation and how you can help someone who may be struggling.

Recognize the Signs of Suicide Ideation



Worried About Someone - Here are 4 steps you can take
6 tips when talking to someone thinking about suicide

Suicide Prevention Strategic Framework

Mount Royal University understands that the health and wellbeing of campus members is vitally important to a flourishing campus community, and we acknowledge the unique role universities can play in advancing wellbeing through systems-based approaches. Suicide is a significant cause of premature death in Canada, and MRU is actively committed to addressing this topic among our community. We have developed a Suicide Prevention Strategic Framework that outlines our goals and plans to address suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention over the next five years. You can learn more about the framework by checking out this page.

MRU Resources

If there is an emergency, please call 911.

Student Counselling Services

Mental Health Nurses

Homewood Health (For MRU Employees)

Community Resources

Suicide Prevention Helpline
(24/7 Service)

Distress Centre Helpline 
403.266.HELP (4357)
(24/7 Service)

Trans Lifeline 

Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line
(24/7 Service)

AHS - Preventing Suicide



safeTALK is a 3.5 hour suicide alertness workshop that alerts one to warning signs that are indicating risk of suicide. At a safeTALK workshop, you’ll learn the importance of recognizing signs, communicating with the person at risk, and connecting them to intervention resources for further support.

Next workshop:
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 - Register Here
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m


ASIST is an interactive and practice-based course that teaches participants how to provide suicide first aid interventions. Through completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • understand how personal and societal beliefs and values impact views on suicide
  • provide tailored guidance and suicide first aid
  • identify an effective safety plan and know how to implement it
  • recognize important components of suicide prevention

This workshop is not recommended for people who have had a recent suicide loss.

Next workshop:
Tuesday, Oct. 13 & 14, 2021 - Register Here
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

The Inquiring Mind

The Inquiring Mind workshop increases awareness of mental health, reduces the stigma of mental illnesses, and provides resources to maintain positive mental health and increase resiliency.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada created this program and all participants will receive a certificate of completion. Participants will be required to attend both days in order to receive a certificate. 

Next workshop:
Wednesday, Sept. 22 & 29, 2021 - Register Here
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

QPR - Question, Persuade, Refer

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a certified suicide prevention program. It supports people in learning to recognize signs of distress and builds awareness of suicide. We want to create a strong campus where people are educated and aware of how to support others. QPR is delivered as an online course and can be completed at your own pace. 

This program includes a certificate of completion and can be used toward Social Work practicum hours.

Request access here