Participants Needed:

Wellbeing Focus Groups/Sharing Circle

Saitsa wants to achieve a better understanding of what student mental wellbeing looks like, and how it is perceived on the SAIT campus. As well as understand what Saitsa and SAIT could do to better understand the student’s needs. We are currently inviting 40 people to participate in this study.

We would like to get student feedback about the following:

  • Do students have knowledge about what resources are available to them?
  • Are there barriers to access the current programming for students?
  • As we move towards a post Covid world, are other programs students would like to see emerge that they can access to allow for a better sense of overall well-being
  • Any other feedback students would like to share with the researchers.

You would be required to attend a 90 min focus group or sharing circle with approximately 9 other people.

All focus groups will take place online via Teams. Our Sharing Circle will take place in person at Chinook Lodge.

We would appreciate representation from the following groups of students:

1.  International Students (NOW FULL): Thursday November 10th, 4pm Online (via Teams)

2.   LGBTQ2S+ Students: Thursday November 4th, 4:00pm Online (via Teams)

3.   Domestic Students: Thursday November 17th, 4pm Online (via Teams)

4.   First Nations-Inuit-Metis Students Sharing Circle: Thursday November 24, 4:30pm Chinook Lodge

Mental Health Resources

Distress Centre Calgary & area: 403-266-Help (4357)

Distress Centre Edmonton & area: 780-482-4357

Canadian Suicide Prevention Service: 1-833-456-4566

SAIT Development and Counselling (Monday-Friday 8:30 am- 4:15pm): 403-284-7023

National Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860

Addiction helpline: 1-866-332-2322

Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642

Health Link: 811

Access Mental Health (if you are unsure what service you need, they will help): 403-943-1500

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness help line: 1-855-242-3310

Rural Distress Line: 1-800-232-7288

Community and Social services Information & Referral Specialist (find programs in your area): 211

Canadian Crisis Hotline: 1-888-3353-2273

Alberta Health Services mental health services information page:

Canadian Services Canada Talk (24/7): 1-833-456-4566

Text (2 pm-10 pm Calgary Time MST): 45645

The lifeline app (Available to Android and iPhone users):

Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services: 1-866-403-8000

Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse: 403-237-5888

Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter: 403-234-7233

Connect Family and Sexual Abuse Network: 403-237-5888

Sheldon Chumir, Mental Health Urgent Care: 403-955-6200

South Calgary Health Campus, Mental Health Urgent Care: 403-943-9383

Walk in Counselling

Eastside Family Centre: 403-299-9699, 255-495 36 St NE Calgary (Northgate Mall)- Mon- Sat

Mental Health Walk in: 403-943-9384, 31 Sun Park Plaza SE Calgary (South Calgary Health Campus)- Mon-Fri

SAIT Health Clinic (Mon- Fri: 8:15 am – 4:00pm): 403-284-8666

Advocacy Through Research

When it comes to issues that matter to students, we hit the books. Recently, Saitsa has championed a number of research initiatives about issues that directly affect the quality of student life.

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