The goal of providing Mental Health Workshops/Trainings is to help educate our campus community mental health issues; empower them to utilize helping skills and proactive wellness practices; reduce the stigma towards mental health through promotion of  a community of care;  and introduce resources for mental health to the UCR community.  Questions about trainings or to request a presentation or workshop? Email or contact Dr. Sarah Sawaf, CAPS Outreach Coordinator at

Be sure to also take advantage of self-help tools and resources like:

Available Workshops
  • Suicide Awareness — Learn How to Recognize and Respond (Available In-Person or Virtually)
    Campus Connect- Suicide Awareness Training.  Recognizing and responding to warning signs of suicide

    Let's talk about how to recognize and respond to warning signs of suicide. This is a 90-minute to two-hour training.

    • Recognize the warning signs of a suicidal crisis.
    • Compassionately ask a student about their suicidal thoughts.
    • Help a student feel understood, validated and acknowledged.
    • Appropriately refer a student to mental health resources.

    Faculty, Staff and Students: To request a group workshop/training, please email  


  • Recognizing and Responding to Distressed Students (Available In-Person or Virtually)
    Recognizing and Responding to Distressed Students

    Participate in a 90-minute “Recognizing and Responding to Distressed Students” training.

    • Review symptoms of distress.
    • Recognize distressed and disruptive behaviors and appropriate responses.
    • Learn about UCR and other resources that can help both the student-in-need and you.
    • Participate in an interactive learning experience.

    Faculty, Staff and Students: To request a group training/workshop, please email

  • Intro to CAPS and Mental Health Resources (Available In-Person or Virtually)
    Intro to CAPS and other Mental Health Resources

    Introduction to CAPS is a brief overview of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). This is a brief (typically 15-20 minute) presentation designed for students, faculty, staff, student organizations and campus partners who want to learn more about CAPS services and how to access them. This training also includes mental health resources available to the UCR community. 

    Faculty, Staff and Students: To request a workshop/training, please email  

  • CAPS Connect to Basic Helping (Available In-Person or Virtually)
    CAPS Connect to Basic Helping Skills

    CAPS Connect is a training designed for student leaders and campus partners who want more in-depth skills for responding to students in distress. The goal of this training is to help participants develop basic helping skills to engage students, assess signs of distress, increase help-seeking behaviors and connect students to various campus resources, including CAPS.

    Faculty, Staff and Students: To request a group workshop, please email  

  • Suicide Awareness-Online with Living Works START 90 minute training for individuals

    Learn life-saving skills with LivingWorks Start

    Most people are surprised to learn that they’re much more likely to encounter someone who’s thinking about suicide than someone who needs CPR. Yet suicide is preventable: with the right skills, anyone can help save a life.
    That’s where LivingWorks Start comes in. In as little as one hour online, this interactive training program will give you the skills and knowledge to keep family, friends, co-workers, and others safe from suicide.

    •    Become more comfortable talking about suicide
    •    Keep a loved one safe in times of distress
    •    Support friends and co-workers
    •    Build professional skills
    •    Have peace of mind knowing you’re ready to help

    To take this training click on the URL link - . The registration code is University of California - Riverside

    To login, use your UCR email address and create a password.  The email address that is used to register and login for the first time to START should be used each time you log on. 


  • Kognito- FREE ONLINE Mental Health Crisis Training

    At-Risk Kognito (FREE for students, staff, & faculty)

    Free online 30-minute simulation through Kognito to:

    • Help increase your knowledge and awareness of mental health and suicide.
    • Learn how to talk with a student who may be in distress.
    • Connect a student with mental health resources.