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Break the silence, break the stigma: Make Some Noise for Mental Health

Crank up the conversation surrounding mental health at events happening throughout January
Crank up the conversation surrounding mental health at events happening throughout January

During what is generally considered the “bluest” time of the year, students and student-athletes across Alberta are getting loud in the name of mental wellness.

Make Some Noise for Mental Health is an awareness campaign encouraging conversation about mental health while promoting campus and community resources. Developed as part of an outreach program for SAIT Trojan student-athletes in 2015, the campaign has grown to include all 17 institutions within the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference and is supported by the Canadian Mental Health Association and presenting sponsor RBC.

This year’s campaign runs Jan. 17 to Feb. 13 and the message is louder than ever — your mental health is important, and support is available. Set your virtual meetings background and check out events to break the silence and join the chorus. #TrojansMakeSomeNoise #MakeSomeNoiseForMentalHealth

If you’re planning to come to campus, ensure you follow all COVID-19 health and safety measures.

 

🚵‍♀️ Virtual Bike Ride: Make a Legacy
Monday, Jan. 17 to 28

Take a virtual ride across the Banff Legacy Trail over two 45-minute spin classes led by SAIT student Jenna Rasmussen. Videos will be posted at noon on Monday, Jan. 17 and Wednesday, Jan. 19 and will be viewable online until Friday, Jan. 28. Don’t have a spin bike at home? Limited bikes are available for use in the Wellness Centre. Share your ride on Instagram for a chance at a Trojans swag bag!

 

🎉 Trojans Home Games
Friday, Jan. 21 | 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm

Bring handheld noisemakers and get ready to Make Some Noise for Mental Health as we cheer on the Trojans! The men’s and women’s volleyball teams will take on the Medicine Hat College Rattlers and the women’s hockey team will face off against the Olds College Broncos.

 

🌈 Pride at Lunch — Make Some Noise for Mental Health Edition
Wednesday, Jan. 26 | 11 am to 1 pm

Tune in to de-stress with fun Pride games and join a discussion about mental health and local supports for the 2SLGBTQ+ student community.

 

🥁 POUND® it out on Bell Let’s Talk Day
Wednesday, Jan. 26 | 1 pm

Take part in a free virtual POUND® class broadcasted live from SAIT campus. Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for toning up and rockin’ out! All you need is drumsticks and room to move. Stop by the Wellness Centre desk between Jan. 25 and 26 to claim your set of free Trojan drumsticks while supplies last.

 

💬 Join the conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day
Wednesday, Jan. 26

Your actions can help support mental health initiatives in Canada — find out how to get involved and make a difference.

 

Mental health megaphone

There are many ways to care for your mental health — one size doesn’t fit all. Three SAIT students share some of their go-to self-care methods and what gives them strength during hard times.

Letting go and Lego 🏨

🎥 Liam Hunter, Mechanical Engineering Technology student and Saitsa President

 

▶ On Wednesday, Jan. 19, catch Hunter on Perspectives LIVE — a web series from Colleges and Institutes Canada — as he and fellow panelists will discuss how the past year has changed what wellness means and what mental health on campus looks like.

 

Verbalizing and visualizing ✨

Moving and meditation ⚽

🎥 Angelina Claughton, Business and Entrepreneurship student and SAIT Trojan

 

Support when you need it

Services to support positive mental health and well-being are available whether you’re studying on or off campus.

If you think someone poses a threat to themselves or others, call 911.

Focus on well-being

Maintaining positive mental health and well-being is a key factor in your success as a student, in your career and in life. There’s no magic formula, but there are ways every student can thrive at SAIT — plus resources and services to support you whether you’re studying on or off-campus.

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