Representatives from RBC, the Canadian Mental Health Association and RDC student-athletes have joined together this month to ‘Make Some Noise for Mental Health’.
The province-wide campaign began January 15 and features numerous events and activities taking place among participating Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) post-secondary institutions.
In Red Deer, RDC was involved this week with promoting an online discussion about positive ways to manage potential stress using the hastag #MakeSomeTimeRDC which officials describe as an extended view of the ACAC campaign which aims to show students how to balance their challenges in life.
The campaign was front and centre during RDC Kings and Queens volleyball and basketball games at the RDC Main Gym on Saturday.
Steve Lane, Associate Vice-President Academic, Research and Student Affairs with RDC, said the mental health awareness movement really seems to be taking off.
“At the Forum which is where a lot of the activities were, it looked like a number of students went through the various things that were offered by our counselling centre by the Student’s Association,” said Lane.
“This is aimed largely at just trying to de-stigmatize things,” he explained. “So that people are more comfortable coming forward with any problems that they might be having or issues and that the rest of us are also more receptive to listening and to watching for signs in our colleagues and our students and that kind of thing.”
“Ultimately you want to try to have some sense of balance,” continued Lane. “You want to be able to find those things that will provide a bit of relief if you will and that’s what I think also was meant by #MakeSomeTime. It was not just make some time for the conversations but make some time for yourself, make some time for the things that make you feel better or release some of that anxiety.”
For more information on mental health supports and programs in central Alberta, visit www.reddeer.cmha.ca.
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