SAIT Trojans get loud about mental health
When it comes to talking about mental health, stigma has long held the conversation captive. That's why the SAIT Trojans are once again breaking the silence through the third annual Make Some Noise for Mental Health campaign.
Supported by the Canadian Mental Health Association and sponsored by RBC, the award-winning, student-led initiative was created by the Trojans Outreach Program to promote mental health awareness on post-secondary campuses, including all 17 schools in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC.)
Mind your holistic health
"Mental health is as vital for student-athletes as their physical health," says Billie Rae Busby, SAIT Trojans Marketing and Communications Coordinator. "Whether it's just feeling anxious or overwhelmed or managing through a more serious mental illness, we all need to pay more attention to our mental well-being."
In October 2016, the SAIT Trojans received the Lieutenant Governor's Circle on Mental Health and Addiction True Imagination Award for launching the campaign.
"Make Some Noise for Mental Health is a prime example of the amazing things that can happen when caring and compassion dovetails with thought leadership and innovation," says Dr David Ross, SAIT President and CEO. "We're proud of our SAIT Trojans who have led by example and embraced the challenge of promoting mental wellness in such a positive and impactful way."
Join the conversation
This year's campaign runs Monday, Jan. 24 to Saturday, Jan. 28. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Here's how you can get involved:
Cheer on celebrity guests at DJ Spin led by YYC Cycle
It's going to get loud as we kick off the campaign with a 100-person spin session featuring a live DJ. Bring your noise makers and vocal chords to cheer them on.
Participants include former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy and Olympians Jessica Campbell and Anastasia Bucsis. This event is part of SAIT's 100 Projects.
Irene Lewis Atrium, Stan Grad Centre | Monday, Jan. 23, noon - 1 pm
Get loud at the mobile pep rally
March alongside student-athletes and make some noise around SAIT campus. The pep rally kicks off at noon from the Trojans' boardroom, V206, Campus Centre.
V206, Campus Centre | Tuesday, Jan. 24, noon - 1 pm
Join the conversation on social media
Rally your colleagues, family and friends and post a video or photo on Twitter or Instagram with #MakeSomeNoise and #SAIT100 to show your support. Your photos will be added to the #SAIT100 Photo Mosaic, which will become a permanent installation on campus in the spring.
Grab some Food for Thought
Watch for SAIT Trojans handing out nutritious goodies from the Food for Thought snack cart.
SAIT Main Campus | Thursday, Jan. 26, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Cheer on the Trojans for free
The SAIT Trojans are offering free admission to all home games on Jan. 27 and 28. The games will feature special guests and prizes. Noise is mandatory so complimentary noisemakers will be provided. View schedule