‘Tis the season for compassion and care

Mug with a hot drink placed in front of a window sill with a winter setting in the background

We’re wrapping up 2022 with a reminder to take care as you cope with the excitement and expectations that come with the holidays.

This holiday season, gift yourself kindness and patience — set boundaries and don’t overextend your limitations.

Being mindful of your mental health (and the mental health of others!) is the perfect accessory to any holiday outfit — be it cozy sweatpants or a festive top. Whether your calendar is filling up with social gatherings or you’re looking forward to some down time, SAIT has resources to lend an emotional helping hand this holiday season.

Wrap yourself in support


Student Development and Counselling offers a range of self-help tools and resources if you’re feeling overwhelmed, need support working through something or are concerned about a friend.

Free in-person, telephone or video appointments are also available through Student Development and Counselling book an appointment. Please note, the office is closed Dec. 23 to Jan. 2. If you need support during this time, community crisis support and resources are available.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, the Calgary Distress Centre is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 403.266.HELP (4357).

We made you a list (and checked it twice)


Striving for positive mental health and well-being can help you thrive as a SAIT student, in your career and in life.

Take time to focus on your well-being by getting outside or snuggling with a furry friend to catch up on some sleep. If you’re not close to home, video call your chosen family or give back to the community through volunteering.

Watch one or more videos from the mindfulness playlist to restore some calm in your day. Or download headversity to build resilience when coping with stress and navigating difficult times.

Pop by a wellness event

📅 Let's Talk days are scheduled Dec. 7 and 14 so students can stop by to learn about counselling services, discuss concerns, and receive expert suggestions and support. There’s no appointment needed — first come, first served.

📅 Stop by the Saitsa Wellness Wednesday Pet-A-Puppy event for some seasonal snuggles on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from noon to 1:30 pm in the Reg Erhardt Library. PALS will supply the puppies, but you’ll have to BYOD (bring your own dopamine😉).