In today's society, we are beginning to recognize the importance of talking openly about mental health in an effort to reduce stigma and mitigate the negative effects of isolation and poor mental health on overall wellbeing. The question for many of us then becomes how can we recognize when others might be suffering and talk about mental health in ways that promote connection in a safe and productive manner?

This course will provide participants with practical skills they can use to recognize the warning signs that might indicate somebody's mental health is poor or worsening. You will learn how to conduct open, safe and productive conversations surrounding difficult topics while protecting your own mental wellbeing by setting limits and boundaries. You will also learn about the importance of a sustainable self-care practice and be exposed to ideas for prioritizing wellness in one's personal and professional life.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify some basic signs of the most common mental health disorders in Canada.
  • Develop active communication skills needed to respond non-judgmentally and with empathy to break down stigma and shame.
  • Hold challenging conversations while setting personal boundaries.
  • Identify available community resources in their area.


6 hours


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Breanna Pizzuto is the Lead Trainer and Founder of Talk Tools Training. With degrees from the University of Ottawa in Health Sciences and Psychology, Breanna has varied experience in the healthcare and social services fields, including managing and training volunteers at both the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region and Ottawa Victim Services on a variety of topics. Breanna is a Silver Level Master Trainer of LivingWorks’ Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and a facilitator of LifeLine Workshops’ program Assessing for Suicide in Kids (ASK). She has obtained her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and operates a private practice as a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying).