Make Some Time encourages mental health discussion

Date posted: 
Thu, 01/18/2018
Make Some Time

Everyone is subjected to potential stress from school, work and relationships, which is why Red Deer College is encouraging students to start an online conversation through Make Some Time, starting January 22, on how they maintain a healthy balance.

“Red Deer College offers several programs and activities that help complement students’ busy academic schedules. Campus Recreation hosts a variety of activities and the RDC Students’ Association plans a lot of fun events including several mental health initiatives throughout the year that contribute to a well-rounded college experience,” said Steve Lane, Associate Vice-President Academic, Research and Student Affairs. “RDC offers resources and services to students that support their mental health. The Counselling and Career Centre provides free resources to those who want help in creating a balanced life schedule and finding healthy ways to manage the challenges.”

From January 22 to 27, RDC students will have the opportunity to discuss positive methods of coping with stress using the hashtag #MakeSomeTimeRDC on RDC social media. Various prizes will be awarded for sharing these thoughts throughout the week. This is a Red Deer College campaign and will lead into the RBC sponsored Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) campaign, Make Some Noise for Mental Health, January 27.

From a student’s perspective, Kings Volleyball middle, Adam Turlejski, sees the campaign as a perfect opportunity for RDC students, and student-athletes, to use their platform to help others. “We have a great opportunity to use our voice for this important campaign. Maintaining a life balance for me is a lot about organization and staying on top of things early,” said Turlejski, a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Volleyball National gold medal winner. “It’s also important to take little breaks and not feel like we need to always be doing something because that’s a trap that we can fall into.”

A week of fun activities will be planned at RDC to help raise awareness, and each day that you use the hashtag, you will be entered for a chance to win the daily prize.

January 22  | Campaign Kick-off | Red Deer Bottling Forum | RDC | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • photo booth with props, cotton candy, popcorn
  • self-care water bottles and self-care info
  • nap room all week from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (excluding Friday) in the Living Room

January 23  | Campus Rec Music Mixer | Donald School of Business, DSB 303

  • mug decorating, crafts, games and live music 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

January 24  | Guided Meditation and Activities | Red Deer Bottling Forum  

  • mindfulness guided meditation 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. (about 10 minutes long)
  • mug decorating, coloring therapy, and “take what you need” boards in the Forum

January 24 | Movies for Mental Health | Welikoklad Event Centre | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

  • four short films, and a panel of speakers including two RDC students who will share their mental health journey
  • pizza and beverages will be provided free of cost

January 25 | Nutrition Tables and Therapy Dogs | Residence

  • Residence will be providing nutritious snacks starting at 8:00 a.m.
  • Therapy dogs will be in the Residence Tower hallways from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

January 26 | Disney Movies and Snacks | Living Room | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • movies, fort building and snacks

January 27 | Make Some Noise for Mental Health

Make Some Noise for Mental Health is an Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) campaign to promote mental health awareness on campuses. RBC is a presenting partner, and the campaign is endorsed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in Alberta.

Enjoy some exciting RDC volleyball and basketball action while showing your support for mental health initiatives.

January 27 | Queens Volleyball |  | 1:00 p.m. | RDC

The Queens will host the Lethbridge College Kodiaks in an afternoon tilt.

January 27 | Kings Volleyball | 3:00 p.m. | RDC

The RDC Kings will compete against the Kodiaks.

January 27 | Queens Basketball | 6:00 p.m. | RDC

The Basketball Queens will entertain the Olds College Broncos.

January 27 | Kings Basketball | 8:00 p.m. | RDC

The Kings will hit the hardwood against the Broncos.

Register online for a chance to win a $250 gift card to the Campus Store provided by RBC, who will choose the winner after the event. RBC will provide pizza prizes for select attendees during the basketball games in the RDC Main Gym.

For more information about life as a student and some ways that a well-rounded college experience is encouraged at RDC, please visit Student Life online.

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For additional information contact:
Brent Forster
Communications Strategist - Corporate