Well-being is the state of being healthy, happy, and comfortable. In order to achieve positive well-being, we need to work on all aspects of life, ensuring balance and satisfaction.

At Capilano University, this means taking care of, not only your academic responsibilities, but also your physical, mental, financial, spiritual, social & cultural, and environmental needs. A state of well-being is not achieved in one semester, or over one year, but over the course of a lifetime. It is a life-long process of becoming more aware of the choices you make, how they affect you in the moment and in the long-term, and how they affect those around you. It is an active process that takes effort and requires an ongoing sense of awareness. It requires critical thinking, decision making, and self-advocacy.

The 7 Dimensions of Well-being at CapU include:

  • Emotional
  • Financial
  • Social & Cultural
  • Academic & Career
  • Spiritual
  • Physical
  • Environmental

Whether directly or indirectly, most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. safeTALK is a three hour training that prepares participants to recognize these invitations and connect a person with thoughts of suicide to intervention resources. Powerful videos illustrate the importance of suicide alertness, while discussion and practice simulate learning.

Who should attend?

Anyone who wants to help people be safer from suicide. As the main focus of training and development at CapU is to better assist students, most trainings are provided to student leaders and faculty/staff who directly assist students. This training is unique in that it is not only applicable at CapU, but also between coworkers, family members, and in relationships. All are encourage to take this training who feel they wish to make a step in the direction towards the CapU Community Suicide-Safer Plan.

Learning Outcomes

safeTALK participants will be better able to:

  1. Move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss, or avoid suicide,
  2. Recognize people who have thoughts of suicide, and
  3. Apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, List, and KeepSafe) to connect a person with thoughts of suicide to a suicide first-aid intervention caregiver.

The role of safeTALK in the Capilano University community

safeTALK helps connect people with thoughts of suicide to caregivers who can support them. Often, these caregivers are trained in the two-day ASIST program, or are recognized counsellors on campus. In the CapU Community Suicide-Safer Plan, safeTALK serves as the highest student position related to suicide on campus. safeTALK trained individuals will, by nature, be leaders in a caring and supportive community environment. safeTALK is a program created and facilitated through Living Works.

Learn more about safeTALK and LivingWorks (pdf).

To request a training or inquire about an upcoming training email wellbeing@capilanou.ca.

CapU is creating a pilot program for students who have experience in the care system. There are no age restrictions, no criteria for time spent in care, and no limitations to place of care. If you would like to learn more about this programming, please fill out the information card (pdf) and return it to Financial Aid and Awards or email wellbeing@capilanou.ca for more information.