Red Deer College is one of 17 post-secondary campuses in 15 communities across Alberta taking part in this year’s ‘Make Some Noise for Mental Health’ campaign.
The award-winning campaign sees student athletes in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) team up with mental-health advocates in Alberta, presenting partner RBC and Honourary Campaign Chair Sheldon Kennedy to reduce the stigma related to mental illnesses and promote mental health and wellness. It’s the third year in a row the ACAC is conducting a conference-wide mental health awareness campaign with the endorsement from the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Officials say the ‘Make Some Noise for Mental Health’ campaign is intended to encourage empathy, understanding and open-mindedness while promoting resources and support available on campuses and in the community.
It will be promoted through student-led, on-campus activities and appearances from NHL Alumni Sheldon Kennedy at ACAC events for various sports, including volleyball, basketball and hockey.
In Red Deer, the campaign will be front and centre at RDC Kings and Queens games on Saturday January 27.
The ‘Make Some Noise for Mental Health’ campaign was initiated by the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Trojans in January 2015. The Trojan Outreach Program won a national 2015 community service award for their efforts.
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