The SAIT Trojans led the charge in sounding off during this year’s successful Make Some Noise for Mental Health campaign to increase awareness for mental health issues.
The campaign, which completed its second year, ran from Jan. 26 to Jan. 30 and included events ranging from a mobile pep rally to a DJ spin class.
“Mental health is something that affects each and every one of us,” Trojans marketing and communications coordinator Billie Rae Busby said in a media release.
“Whether it’s just feeling anxious or overwhelmed or a more serious mental illness, we all need to pay more attention to our mental health.”
Student athletes face more pressure to handle wins and losses and they may not always know how to cope with the pressure to perform, Busby said.
The goal of the campaign is to get rid of the stigma surrounding mental health issues and to foster a dialogue about the importance of understanding mental illness and how it can impact individuals and their community.
“I think [the campaign] is fabulous. I know people who have not only been affected by mental illness, but also by poor mental health, myself included,” said Becca Gould, who graduated from the SAIT New Media Production and Design Program in 2015.
“I feel this is something that people can be aware of and be able to say ‘it’s okay not to be okay.’ The first thing to solving a problem is to recognize there is one.”
In her second year at SAIT, she worked closely with Busby during her practicum, starting up the Make Some Noise campaign.
“The way I contributed to the Make Some Noise campaign was I designed the logo, I helped with the posters and I helped with the social media banners that you see,” she said.
The first thing to solving a problem is to recognize there is one. – Becca Gould.
Gould also had the opportunity to help with some editing and shooting of the video that ran in this year’s campaign. She was back at SAIT for a few months helping Busby with this year’s campaign, which also provided her with more practical experience.
“I came back to help with more brand and design stuff as well as be a part of the mobile pep rally that happened [Jan. 26].”
The campaign recognizes that mental health, just like physical health, is something that needs constant support and maintenance, Gould said. If neglected, it can begin to drastically impact day-to-day living and long-term health.