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The SAIT Trojans' Make Some Noise for Mental Health campaign, heard loud and proud across the country, caught the ear of Alberta's Lieutenant Governor.

The Lieutenant Governor's Circle on Mental Health and Addiction held their fifth annual True Awards in Edmonton Oct. 5, and the SAIT Trojans were among the award winners. The Trojans Athletics and Recreation department was lauded by the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, for their innovative promotion of mental health and wellness.

The Trojans received the True Imagination honour - given to the individual, public, private, or non-governmental organization that has initiated imaginative approaches in mental health and addiction services.

"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 are 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."

Raising awareness

Make Some Noise for Mental Health is a post-secondary campus-wide campaign created by the SAIT Trojans and their Trojan Outreach Program to raise awareness and reduce stigmas surrounding mental health and wellness at SAIT. At the end of every January, Make Some Noise for Mental Health is promoted through student-led interactive activities, recreational and wellness events, and at SAIT Trojans home games.

Student-athletes were involved in all the events which included a mobile pep rally around campus and a spin event with a live DJ and a yoga class, just to name a few. Noisemakers were also distributed to fans at Trojans home games with prizing promoting mental health and wellness.

Make Some Noise for Mental Health has not only proven successful at SAIT - in 2015 it expanded to all 17 schools in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference, and has been endorsed by Canadian Mental Health Association Alberta.

SAIT Trojans Marketing and Communications Coordinator Billie Rae Busby was one of the driving forces behind this initiative and is proud of the acceptance it has received.

"I feel fortunate to be in a workplace where grassroots initiatives like the SAIT Trojans' Make Some Noise for Mental Health awareness campaign is encouraged and fostered. I appreciate how SAIT values giving back and community citizenship. We care," says Busby.

The Trojan Outreach Program has been a leader in giving back and has been recognized with four national Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Community Service awards - in 2004, 2007, 2013 and 2015.

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