St. Mary’s University Community unites to Make Some Noise for Mental Health
CALGARY – Members of the St. Mary’s University community marched around campus on Thursday, January 31 in a mobile pep rally in support of the Make Some Noise for Mental Health initiative.
Created and launched by the SAIT Trojans in 2015, Make Some Noise for Mental Health has grown into an Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) conference-wide awareness campaign aimed at breaking stigmas around mental health.
“I think this is an extremely important initiative and I am happy that so many of our Lighting athletes came out to show their support,” said Nathan Ruff, Sports Manager at St. Mary’s University. “We need to keep having conversations about mental health and we have to keep listening to those who need us. Everyone is impacted by mental health and it’s on us as a community to help continue the dialogue and encourage empathy and understanding.”
At the conclusion of the mobile pep rally, Dr. Matt Brown, a prominent mental trainer and sports psychologist who works closely with the Calgary Flames and the Calgary Hitmen held a discussion about the stigmas surrounding mental health.
“Mental Health can effect anyone and what we need to realize is that we are all potentially part of the solution,” said Brown. “When you see a Clara Hughes come out and say that she has struggled with depression her whole life, you get to peak behind the curtain and realize that this is anyone. It’s not the weak, it’s not the compromised, it’s not that there’s something wrong with you, it’s that you’re out of balance and that you could use some support to get back going the right way.”
St. Mary’s University provides counselling services that offer a variety of support systems that are confidential and free of charge of all students. https://stmu.ca/support-services/ for more information.