Created and implemented in 2015 by the SAIT Trojans Outreach Program, Make Some Noise for Mental Health has grown into an ACAC conference-wide awareness campaign to break stigmas around mental health. By involving student-athletes, Make Some Noise for Mental Health is intended to encourage empathy, understanding and open-mindedness while promoting resources and support available on campuses and in their communities.
The award-winning campaign expanded to the 17 ACAC member institutions and 11 communities in 2016 with the help of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Alberta Division to connect those experiencing mental illness and those who are impacted by mental illness with the support they need. We were honoured to include the participation of our Honorary Chair, Sheldon Kennedy who won a Memorial Cup, World Junior Gold Medal and skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career, as well as RBC Olympians Anastasia Bucsis, Jessica Campbell, and Marc Kennedy at regular-season home games in 2017 and 2018.
This year, the ACAC and CMHA are once again excited to team up with RBC as 2020 Make Some Noise for Mental Health presenting sponsor for the third consecutive year. The now-18 ACAC members will collaborate with CMHA and RBC through student-led, on-campus activities.
"The involvement of RBC as the presenting partner, and continued support of CMHA Alberta and the CMHA Alberta Regional Offices has been absolutely pivotal in expanding the profile and scope of this important ACAC initiative. We simply can't thank both organizations enough for lending their influential voices to the ACAC's efforts to make more noise about mental health." - Mark Kosak, ACAC Chief Executive Officer.
Respect Group Inc.: http://respectinsport.com/
Canadian Mental Health Association - Alberta: http://alberta.cmha.ca/
Make Some Noise for Mental Health Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MakeSomeNoiseforMentalHealth?ref=hl