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 on site that will help to walk with you through a crisis situation and help determine the next steps to take.

If you or a friend at Ambrose has experienced any form of sexual assault and would like help, please reach out to an Ambrose Community Advocate.

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
Johana Mak-Castro, International Students Services Coordinator and Connect Mentorship Coordinator

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
Kim McLachlan, Behavioural Science Program Coordinator

Odum Abekah, Residence Director

Off Campus Crisis Supports

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:

Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor (Free 24/7 support

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. They offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French. This service is available for any one up to the age of 25. 

Call 1-800-668-6868 to connect with a professional counsellor or Visit Kids Help Phone's website for text or live chat with a counsellor. is an online crisis & emotional support chat. They listen without judgement, and keep chats confidential & anonymous.

Follow-Up Support

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