RDC's Make Some Time fosters discussion about mental health

Date posted: 
Thu, 01/17/2019
Make Some Time 2019

Everyone is subject to potential stress from school, work, finances and other aspects of daily life, which is why Red Deer College is once again encouraging students to start an online conversation about mental health. Learners are invited to engage in a week of activities through Make Some Time starting January 21, and they can share positive ways to achieve a healthy life balance.

Red Deer College offers a wide range of resources and services to students that support their  mental health, and activities that help complement their busy academic schedules.

“Student mental well-being is becoming more and more of a priority at all levels of the College,” said Steve Lane, Associate Vice-President Academic, Research and Student Affairs. “The Counselling & Career Centre provides free resources to those who want help in creating a balanced schedule and finding healthy ways to manage the challenges. There are also a number of events and activities coordinated between the Students’ Association, Counselling & Career Centre, Student Ambassadors in Student Life, Health and Wellness office, and other departments and programs.”

From a student-athlete’s perspective, Matt Hope, of Kings Cross Country Running, sees Make Some Time as a perfect opportunity for RDC students to increase awareness about mental health. “Stigma is still a barrier for people reaching out about their mental health struggles although the stigma is decreasing, which is really encouraging,” says Hope, a 2018 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Cross Country Running bronze medallist and All-Canadian. “The more we can talk about mental health, the better we can get at recognizing when we might need help because feeling unhealthy can be a very slow and gradual process.”

With a busy academic schedule, Hope finds his sporting endeavours offset the demands. “My main stresses come from school workload. It can be hard to balance studies with sports at times but I find athletics to be a nice stress reliever to the busy school day,” he says. “I feel the key to sport, academics and life, is knowing when to push yourself to get things done, and when to let yourself have a break. To achieve this, being flexible with your schedule is important.”

From January 21 to 25, RDC students will have the opportunity to discuss positive methods of coping with stress using the hashtag #MakeSomeTimeRDC on RDC social media for the chance to win a self-care basket. By attending the on-campus activities throughout the week, participants can enter a draw at each event for an opportunity to win the grand prize, which is a tuition credit equivalent to $380.25. The draw will take place at halftime of the Kings Basketball game on January 25 and the winner does not have to be in attendance. Make Some Time 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, on January 25.

Here is the week of events planned at RDC:

Monday, Jan. 21 | Mindfulness Monday | The Living Room | RDC | 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Students are invited to a journey into the senses, including a full day of exploration of the physical, environmental and external environments, designed to alleviate stress and cope with anxieties.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Mindful Eating and Environments

  • Nutritious and healthy snacks will be provided while listening to soothing music in a relaxing and welcoming environment. 

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Alleviate Stress with Laughter

  • An audience favourite movie will be shown.

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Breathwalk

  • Physical and emotional fitness will be enhanced by enjoying a walk outside.

3:00 p.m. | Meditative Body Scan

  • A meditative body scan, which is quick and easy, will promote body awareness.

Tuesday, Jan. 22 | Talk about it Tuesday | Donald School of Business Room 303 | 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Stress is a natural response to feeling overwhelmed by the demands in life. Students are invited to participate by decorating a mug, which will promote self-care, while attendees explore various coping strategies to reduce stress, and become knowledgeable of the various services RDC has to offer.

Movies for Mental Health | Margaret Parsons Theatre, Room 1400 | Pizza at 5:30 p.m., event at 6:00 p.m.
Art with Impact, a non-profit organization in Canada, promotes mental wellness by creating space for young people to learn and connect through art and media. Knowing that art speaks the language of our interior worlds, Art with Impact harnesses film to engage participants on the vital topic of mental health, inspiring and empowering them to tell their own stories and access resources available to them.

Wednesday, Jan. 23 | We’re all in this Together Wednesday | The Farside | 2:00-4:00 p.m.    

Story Slam – participants will be able to share their story or be inspired by the stories of their peers. A photo booth will be available to help raise awareness for mental health on social media. Snacks will be provided.

Thursday, Jan. 24 | Take Action Thursday | Red Deer Bottling Forum | 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Take Care Bags - students will have the opportunity to design their own bag with fun items from each of the respective services in attendance. The variety of resources that are available both on and off RDC campus will be discussed.

Friday, Jan. 25 | 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. 

Students and the public are invited to enjoy exciting RDC Basketball and Hockey action at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre while showing support for mental health initiatives. 

      Queens Basketball | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

      The Red Deer College Queens will host the Lethbridge College Kodiaks.

      Queens Hockey | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

      The Queens Hockey team will entertain the NAIT Ooks.

      Kings Basketball | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

      Following the Queens, the RDC Kings will play the Kodiaks.

Those attending the games will have a chance to win pizza or a $100 pre-paid visa card.

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

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For additional information contact:

Brent Forster      
Communications Strategist - Corporate     
Shelley Newman  
Communications Strategist – Corporate