Red Deer College encouraging positive mental health practices

For two weeks, Red Deer College is encouraging positive mental health practices when some students need it the most, the dead of winter.

The campaign, a joint effort between the college’s athletic department, residence and student association, encourages people to share healthy methods of managing stress.

Until Jan. 27, individuals are invited to show how they take time to manage their mental health using the hashtag #TakeSomeTimeRDC. The college will share these tips through their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

“It will show what strategies we do as students and staff to de-stress,” said Taz Kassam, Red Deer College student life and recreation manager. “It can be anything from taking part in our fitness classes or our meditation courses, recreation, dog therapy sessions for students in residence.

“It really is simple, it could be going for a walk, reading a book, engaging in conversation with another friend.”

The College participates in the Make Some Noise for Mental Health campaign, which is recognized across the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference and across Canada. The awareness campaign is an initiative to break the stigma surrounding mental health on campus, started by the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Trojans.

Red Deer’s campaign will be promoted at Kings and Queens basketball games on Jan. 27, starting at 6 p.m. at the college gymnasium, and the Kings Hockey game on Jan. 28, starting at 7 p.m. at the Penhold Multiplex.

Denise St-Denis, RDC Athletic Director talked with some colleagues about the need to find something meaningful to their campus and more than the one-off event Make Some Noise.

“I wanted it to have a longer shelf-life,” said St-Denis. “What if we had people share what they do to take care of their mental health? Rather then spend a lot of time discussing how we address the issue of those who have mental health, lets re-enforce the positive practice that anybody could implement to manage their mental health in a positive way.”

While encouraging positive mental health practices in January can help people in the middle of winter, establishing these practices can help students come exam time in April.

“Now’s the time for individuals to learn about best practices so they can put them into place so when they get to the time when they are really anxious or stressed, they already have those good practices in their tool belt,” said St-Denis.

Just Posted

Red Deer police recover stolen Second World War German army passport, trying to find owner

A rare, Second World War era German passport was recovered by police… Continue reading

Four Red Deer skiers off to Alberta Winter Games

Four young Red Deer skiers are headed to the Alberta Winter Games.… Continue reading

Hurry Hard: Red Deer Oilmen’s Bonspiel starts on Friday

A January tradition in Red Deer, the Oilmen’s Bonspiel takes to the… Continue reading

City Hall briefly evacuated

Carbon monoxide false alarm behind evacuation

Charges laid in home invasion in Maskwacis

Three people injured with stab wounds

WATCH: Marijuana in the Workplace information luncheon held in Red Deer

Central Alberta businesses need to prepare for the legalization of marijuana. That… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer city council debates cost-savings versus quality of life

Majority of councillors decide certain services are worth preserving

Got milk? Highway reopened near Millet

A southbound truck hauling milk and cartons collided with a bridge

Stettler’s newest residents overcame fear, bloodshed to come here

Daniel Kwizera, Diane Mukasine and kids now permanent residents

Giddy up: Red Deer to host Canadian Finals Rodeo in 2018

The CFR is expected to bring $20-30 million annually to Red Deer and region

Ice dancers Virtue and Moir to carry flag at Pyeongchang Olympics

Not since Kurt Browning at the 1994 Lillehammer Games has a figure… Continue reading

Beer Canada calls on feds to axe increasing beer tax as consumption trends down

OTTAWA — A trade association for Canada’s beer industry wants the federal… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month