The Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative is a charitable organization dedicated to promoting wellness and mental health, and supporting student-athletes who may suffer from a mental health problem or illness.
OUR PHILOSOPHY: CHANGING THE CULTURE OF VARSITY SPORT
Many post-secondary students will face a mental health challenge. This can interrupt their studies, affect academic performance and impact their day-to-day lives.
Post-secondary athletes can face similar challenges with added pressures of being both a student and an athlete. They must perform in school and sport, handle finances, plan for the future, and stay connected to friends and family.
Often they struggle to get help because of the stigma surrounding mental health and illness in sports. The expectation to be mentally tough keeps many student-athletes silent and isolated.
SAMHI works to educate Canadians about the vulnerabilities of student-athletes. We aim promote the mental wellbeing of all student-athletes. And we work to support those struggling with a mental health concern or illness.
We say it’s time to #HuddleUp. To create mentally healthy environments, everyone has a part to play. That includes student-athletes, coaches and support staff, universities and colleges, sport and community organizations, and the families and friends of athletes and many others. We are striving to bring all these players together to help student-athletes do their best, in and out of sport.
In Spring 2015, the call went out to current student-athletes for Campus Team membership. We asked each person why they wanted to volunteer with SAMHI. Some had struggled in the past with mental illness, some had watched loved ones struggle, some had an academic interest in mental health, and all wanted to be involved in the community.
SAMHI’s Campus Teams are at the core of our student-athlete centred approach. Student-athletes help design, guide and carry-out SAMHI’s on-the-ground activities at post-secondary campuses across Canada. The Campus Teams lead SAMHI’s Mental Health Matchups, help other student-athletes access resources, and increase community awareness of student-athletes as a vulnerable population to mental health concerns.
To join the Campus Team at StFX email one of the co-chairs Nicole Halladay or Beth Lawrence, for more information!