Campus Assessment and Support Team

We’re here to support you!

At Durham College (DC), we recognize that life on campus can sometimes be stressful, and with more than 12,000 students at some point you may experience or witness challenging behaviour from others in our community.

The Campus Assessment and Support Team (CAST) takes a pro-active approach to supporting the well-being of our students when potentially exposed to an incident involving a person with mental illness, either directly or indirectly.

If you experience behaviours, communications or activities that could be deemed disturbing or distressing to others, we encourage you to connect with us right away. CAST is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals that is trained to review, discuss and develop a support plan to reasonably address inappropriate behaviour when it is reported. All students at DC have access to this resource to ensure everyone feels safe and secure on campus.

This support process is not designed as a disciplinary course of action, however the nature of the incident and risk to students will influence the involvement of community partners such as Emergency Medical Services (EMS), law enforcement and/or the use of DC’s emergency measures. In these cases, CAST processes will be used as a tool for meaningful intervention.

While it’s important to show compassion and understanding in any situation involving a person with a mental illness, we encourage you to maintain your safety and the safety of others by contacting the appropriate authorities. The focus of any discussion with CAST will address the issue while maintaining the dignity of the student and continuing to support his/her success.


Mental Health First Aid

I hear you!

Mental health issues affect one in four Canadians. Whether it’s yourself or a loved one who is facing challenges, know that you are not alone.

Durham College (DC) has provided Mental Health First Aid training to more than 100 staff members through a two-day course. The program was launched to improve mental health literacy by teaching DC staff how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness, develop skills to provide support and offer resources to appropriate services.

The program does not train staff as therapists or counsellors, rather it provides an understanding of and compassion for people faced with mental illness. Staff learn basic skills to recognize a potential or developing issue and learn ways to help manage an issue in themselves, a loved one, a student or a colleague.

The program also provides resources and connections to mental health professionals on campus and in the community.


Soup and Substance

Food for Thought!

There is something comforting about a nice chat over good food. That’s why the Diversity office and Aboriginal Student Centre at Durham College (DC) are proud to host Soup and Substance, a series of lunchtime moderated discussions on a wide range of topics. These lunchtime sessions run from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thought-provoking conversation around issues of inclusion and diversity is guided by a panel of subject-matter experts.

Topics include:

  • Creating safe space for our LGBTQ community
  • Discussing the AIDS epidemic
  • Mindful meditation
  • Race and Intersectionalities
  • Ramadan
  • Sexual Violence / Sexual Assault
  • Supporting students who are sex workers
  • Supporting students with exceptionalities

Register at to join us for good food and good conversation. Don’t forget to bring an open mind and an open heart.


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