Thrive at SAIT

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 everyone can thrive at SAIT. 

Get involved — it’s good for you

Boost your skills and your confidence

Find your balance

  • Make a schedule — know your important dates and deadlines, and make time for fun.
  • Get advice to master your money or overcome financial challenges from Financial Advising.

Take care of yourself

Talk it out — you’re not alone

Talk to someone, about a problem with school or life in general — don’t wait for things to become too much. Connect with a SAIT counsellor at 403.284.7023. 24/7 phone support is available through the Calgary Distress Centre.
  • Chat with your instructors about assignments or contact an academic advisor in your school if you have questions about your program.

Take time out for mindfulness
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Try these tips to catch more Zs
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Study smart
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Get your finances into shape
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Connect with Student Development and Counselling

Students meet with counsellors for unique and varied reasons.

  • If you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed... It’s hard to keep up with assignments and deadlines while also dealing with personal responsibilities. This may turn into changes in sleep or appetite or reduced social connections. Working with a counsellor may help you learn strategies to help ease this stress.
  • If you realize your program isn't what you thought it was going to be... Working with a counsellor may help you discover tools to help inform a better fit for an academic program and professional career.

A counsellor can work with you to recognize your strengths, develop your skills and find coping strategies that are helpful for both everyday life and times of difficulty.

Book an appointment

Link up with the Lamb Learner Success Centre

Bright Light Stations at SAIT

Shorter winter days and long school days indoors might mean that you are not getting enough natural daylight. This can affect your mood. But –we have a mood boosting solution! Bright Light stations are located around campus and can be used any time. These special lamps, may help to improve sleep, improve mood, and increase daytime energy and motivation. Read the instructions before use. No UV light is emitted.

  • Stan Grad Centre | opposite MC206
  • Stan Grad Centre | Library (Lower level)
  • Johnson-Cobbe | KA basement level
  • E.H Crandell | Main floor study area (behind the stairs)
  • Aldred Centre | Area C (basement level – 00)
  • Aldred Centre | CA study space (3rd floor)
  • Senator Burns | Study space opposite Tim Hortons (Main floor)

Wellness Warriors!

Does your focus on well-being extend as far as the well-being of other SAIT students?

If so, become a Wellness Warrior!

Do you have an idea to promote student mental health and wellness? This could be a project that builds awareness, creates a more inclusive campus, or reduces stigma. If you have the master plan, we can help with the money.

Check out the Funding guidelines here, and submit your application today! Email if you have any questions.

Ideas for healthy coping during challenging times

  • Establish meaningful connections. Shift from texting to voice or video calling to feel more connected to others.
  • Connect with nature. Get outside — exercising in the fresh air will make you feel better and contribute to keeping your immune system healthy.
  • Take a break and calm your mind. Practicing mindfulness can help reduce negative emotions. Explore mindfulness practices with TAOheadversity or through this video playlist.
  • Establish a daily routine. Try to make the unpredictable feel more manageable and in your control by establishing a daily routine — and make self-care a priority.


Learn practical ways to handle day-to-day demands and overcome challenges with support from a counsellor.

Self-help tools

Build resilience, take a breath, boost your mental fitness with free online tools, including headversity and TAO.

SAIT Health Clinic

Make an appointment to see a doctor on campus for non-urgent/semi-urgent medical care.

a view of the moutains and stream in between

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SAIT is located on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of Treaty 7 which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Îyârhe Nakoda of Bearspaw, Chiniki and Goodstoney.

We are situated in an area the Blackfoot tribes traditionally called Moh’kinsstis, where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. We now call it the city of Calgary, which is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.