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.
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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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SAMHI nominated for 2015 Inspiration Awards

OTTAWA, ON – The Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative was among a strong group of nominees for this year’s “Inspiration Awards” hosted by the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.

The Inspiration Awards recognize outstanding contributions in mental health across five categories including Leader, Personal, Community and Young Research and Youth. This year’s winners included heavy hitters like former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel […]

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Student athletes talk mental health effects of combining sports, education

Ottawa, ON- Krista Van Slingerland remembers being so anxious about playing varsity basketball in her first year at Ottawa’s Carleton University that she would vomit before practices.

By her third year, she had nearly stopped eating, was barely sleeping and was overwhelmed by negative thoughts.

Things got so bad that she started cutting her arms with a steak knife.

Read full article here. […]

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CARHA Hockey Raises $1000 in Annual Tournament

February 12, 2015 – CARHA Hockey raised $1000 for the Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative during the annual Pat Curran Memorial Tournament.

The Pat Curran Memorial Hockey Tournament is an annual tournament hosted by CARHA Hockey that has been providing for adult recreational hockey teams for two decades.



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