McLaughlin 4-Miler raises $4,160 for SAMHI

On May 14th 2017, around 150 participants, volunteers, and sponsors showed up to help make the second annual McLaughlin 4-Miler a resounding success. The race raised $4,160 dollars for SAMHI while commemorating Acadia basketball alumni Alex McLaughlin who died by suicide.

The professionally timed race took place in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, starting at Hawthorne Elementary school where Alex began his scholastic career, […]

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End-of-Year Volunteer Survey: We heard you and thank you!

“It gave me a sense of leadership on campus, empowered about my own mental health, and felt like I was a part of making a difference on campus with student-athlete mental health.” 

-Survey respondent
We’d like to send out a huge thank-you to the 34 student-athletes who completed our end-of-year volunteer survey. This important information will allow us to critically evaluate the […]

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Training supports tough but needed discussions about suicide in sport 

On May 29th and 30th, SAMHI hosted its first two-day course in suicide prevention training. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.

As it continues its mission to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and illness […]

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Putting mental health on the agenda at the U SPORTS AGM 

Amidst an exciting and jam-packed three days at the June 2017 U SPORTS Annual General Meeting, SAMHI had an important message for athletic departments from across the country: it is time to prioritize mental health and well-being among student-athletes.

In its presentation, SAMHI highlighted a recent survey by the American College Health Association which indicates that mental health problems are on the rise […]

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Our first e-newsletter!

Any athlete or coach will tell you that building strength, endurance and flexibility takes time, patience and commitment to excellence. SAMHI operates under the same principles. We’ve been building the foundation we believe is necessary to achieve our vision: flourishing student-athletes, in and out of competition, across all life’s domains.
Join us on this journey!
We know you’re busy, so we’ve created a […]

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Alex McLaughlin Basketball Memorial Tournament raises $15,000 for SAMHI

SAMHI was honoured to once again be the charity of choice for the third annual AMMBT. It was another great weekend of wonderful basketball, friendship, love and healing for Alex’s family and friends.
“The Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative has been tirelessly working to make a difference in the student athlete population and this donation will allow them to further our […]

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Six Double-Header Softball Games to Kick-Off Mental Health Matchups

October 3, 2015 – This Sunday, October 4th, the Ontario Intercollegiate Women’s Fastpitch Association, in partnership with the Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative, will host six-double header Mental Health Matchups with 12 Ontario universities.

SAMHI’s Mental Health Matchups (MHM) are new this year. MHMs are varsity or club events that put the spotlight on mental health and student-athletes, and connect students with mental health […]

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SAMHI Announces Gatekeeper Training Program in Atlantic Canada

September 10, 2015 – On World Suicide Prevention Day, the Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative is proud to announce the launch of their student-athlete gatekeeper training program at post-secondary schools in Atlantic Canada. Mental illness affects 1 in 4 post-secondary students, while suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people aged 15-24 and the third leading cause of death […]

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SAMHI Heads Out East, Shoots Hoops for Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

SAMHI Heads Out East, Shoots Hoops for Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

August 12, 2015 – The Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative is honoured to be the beneficiary for the 2nd Annual Alex McLaughlin Memorial Basketball Tournament (AMMBT) for mental health and suicide prevention. This year the tournament takes place August 14-16 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The tournament is held in memory of 23-year-old Alex McLaughlin, a former Acadia University basketball player who died by suicide in […]

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SAMHI featured in the new youth-friendly mental health strategy

Ottawa, ON – Today the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Youth Council released the youth version of Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada.

SAMHI is honoured to be featured as an example of best practice in the “Mental Health Strategy for Canada: A Youth Perspective“. The Youth Strategy is the result of tremendous work by young people drawing on “personal […]

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