Matt’s Story: Survive or Thrive?

Matthew Melo is a fourth-year undergraduate student and varsity cross-country captain at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. He will also be a co-lead at the newly formed Trent University SAMHI Campus Team. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

ATHLETICS HAS PROVIDED me with much of what I hold near and dear to my heart. It has provided me an outlet […]

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Liam’s Story: Through the Gates of Hell

Liam Cavanagh is the Director of Hockey Operations for University of Massachusetts Boston Men’s Hockey and a former student-athlete. This is the first time he has shared his story publicly. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

Imagine having thoughts running through your head. Thoughts that could turn into irreversible decisions. If I wasn’t here, would it be easier? I wouldn’t […]

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CJ’s Story: Peter Parker to Spiderman

Chawki-Jason Huard Berro is a graduate student at the University of Ottawa, and has represented Canada in the sport of Taekwondo since 2014, on both the collegiate national team and senior national team. He is also a member of the uOttawa SAMHI Campus Team. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

Growing up I learned to admire fictional superheroes from […]

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Scarlett’s Story: “It’s okay to be sad”

Scarlett Smith is fourth year Nursing student and varsity soccer player at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is also a SAMHI Campus Team lead and doing amazing work in her community! Thank you for sharing your story with us.

I believe being an athlete is one of the greatest gifts life can offer to us. It shapes us as human […]

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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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Remembering Alex

This is a guest post from Julie McLaughlin, sister and twin to Alex McLaughlin. Alex was a former student-athlete at Acadia University who died by suicide in Spring 2014. SAMHI is proud to partner with the 2015 Alex McLaughlin Memorial Basketball Tournament (AMMBT). Thank you for sharing this story with us.
His name was Alex. He was a son, a brother, a […]

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Marin’s Story: Choose to Create What Makes You Smile

The SAMHI Champion Series features the stories and experiences of Canadian student-athletes. This is a guest post from Marin McCue, a former student-athlete and basketball player. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
I look back over my journey through life and am struck by the several changes of direction I have taken. Some changes were life-altering, while others I welcomed expectantly […]

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Anastasia’s Story: Coming Out, Falling Down, and Getting Back Up

The SAMHI Champion Series features the stories and experiences of Canadian student-athletes. This is a guest post from Olympic Speed Skater and student-athlete, Anastasia Bucsis. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
Hi. My name is Anastasia Bucsis and I’m a Canadian Long Track Speed Skater. You probably don’t know my name and you wouldn’t recognize me on the street, […]

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Ashley’s Story: Finding Myself Through Coaching

The SAMHI Champion Series features the stories and experiences of Canadian student-athletes. This is a guest post from former student-athlete and lead assistant coach for Guelph Women’s Basketball, Ashley MacSporran. Ashley also has her M.A. in Sport Science and Coaching Education. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
The first weekend in May, a women’s Masters Basketball tournament was held in Richmond […]

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“A net for the varsity athlete” – Waterloo Region Record

Krista shares her story and the initiative with the Waterloo Region Record’s Christine Rivet.
Krista Van Slingerland’s abandoned suicide attempt serves as a call to action for her and for the entire varsity athletics community, the Waterloo native says. About a year ago, the former varsity basketball player at Carleton University had sunk into a hole so low she thought she’d never be […]

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