Special Topics in Teaching: How can TAs & Instructors Support Student Mental Health? (CTE219)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST (GMT -05:00)
Location: EV1 241
Facilitator: Kristin Brown (CTE)


Recent reports suggest that many students in Canadian post-secondary institutions are experiencing a spectrum of mental health concerns, including overwhelming anxiety and depression. In many cases, mental health problems lead to lower GPAs and an increased chance of withdrawal from academic programs. Teaching assistants (TAs) and instructors are often first to observe negative academic outcomes yet there is uncertainty regarding their roles in supporting student mental health. In this workshop, we’ll explore how TAs and instructors can provide classroom support for student mental health. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  1. Recognize ways TAs and instructors can identify and support students with their mental health
  2. Identify opportunities for enhancing student resilience and well-being in the classroom
  3. Apply strategies presented in the workshop when working with undergraduate students


  • Registration is required. Difficulty registering? Read our registration help guide
  • Participants will receive an attendance credit towards the Fundamentals program if they arrive on time and stay until the end of the event.
  • A maximum of one special topic workshops can be counted towards your Fundamentals certificate.


Many of our workshops have waiting lists, so if you've registered but can't attend, please notify us 24 hours in advance (at cte-grad@uwaterloo.ca ) so that we can give your spot to someone else.


The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are studying, working, or visiting at Waterloo. If you have questions concerning access, such as parking, building layouts, or obtaining information in alternative formats, or wish to request accommodations for a CTE workshop or event, please contact CTE via email (cte@uwaterloo.ca) or phone (ext. 33857) and include the session’s title and date. Our workshops typically involve a mix of presentation and discussion-based activities, and we encourage a scent-free environment. We also welcome accompanying assistants, interpreters, or note-takers; notify us if accommodations are needed in this regard. Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.