Crisis Support

Sometimes life issues come up and you do not have the time to wait for an appointment to see a counsellor. If this happens, Ambrose has staff onsite that will help to walk with you through a crisis situation and help determine the next steps to take.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, contemplating suicide, or just need a safe source to talk to, Ambrose has multiple personnel trained in ASIST. ASIST is an intensive, interactive, and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognize and review risk, and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. 

The following staff members are trained in ASIST. Please contact one of them if you need help:

Monique Verhoef, Associate Vice President Student Life
Terry Fach, Campus Chaplain
Paul Armbruster, Associate Director of Athletics & Campus Recreation
Julian Erb, Director of Community Life
Melissa Kroker, Wellness Coordinator
Elizabeth (Beth) GrippingCoordinator, Ambrose Writing Centre and Tutoring Services

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid is offered to someone with an emerging mental health problem or in a mental health crisis until appropriate treatment is found or the situation is resolved.

The following staff are trained in MHFA. Please contact one of them if you need help:

Julian Erb, Director of Community Life
Laurie Ashlin-Mayo, Student Life Administrative Assistant
Melissa Kroker, Wellness Coordinator
Kim McLachlan, Behavioural Science Program Coordinator

Odum Abekah, Residence Director

The Distress Centre

The Distress Centre provides crisis support 24/7 to residents within the Calgary region. If you’re off campus or need to talk to someone right away, please call the Distress Centre’s toll free line to be connected with someone immediately.

Crisis Line – 403-266-HELP (4357)
Hearing Impaired – 403-543-1967

Online Crisis Chat

Chat is available from 3 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. weekdays and from noon - 10:00 p.m. on weekends
Access online chat here:

Follow-Up Support

For ongoing support, please book in with one of Ambrose’s counsellors or visit the Community Resources page.