It’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Week!

Having sex? Not having sex? It’s February, the Looooooove month, so lets talk about IT! (; Sexual and Reproductive Health!

We all have to worry about it, and the time to learn more is just around the corner! February 10-14, just in time for Valentine’s Day. We know that when it comes to coitus some people get queasy and some people get giggly. Nevertheless, sex is an important topic. Luckily for you, the SA can help you out!

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What do we mean when we say sexual health? We mean a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality- with yourself and/or with others. Let’s be serious for a minute. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences. Free of coercion, discrimination and violence. I mean –> CONSENT <– here, people!! Want it simpler? Watch this Tea consent  or this Cycling through Consent. Yea, they’re pretty obvious and to the point eh? Good. You get it now.

Did you know- thanks to over 30 different bacteria, viruses and parasites- more than 1 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are acquired EVERY DAY? STIs can have serious reproductive health consequences beyond the immediate impact of the infection itself (e.g., infertility or mother-to-child transmission). So, if you’re not going to sack it, go home and whack it!

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Even if you are not sexually active be sure to still join us in talking about sexual and reproductive health! Learn information on how to ensure you stay healthy in the meantime and once you become sexually active! Sexual health involves more than sexual behaviour. We will have whiteboards placed around the college starting today, February 10th, where you can answer questions and read statistics. Make sure you also check out our sexual health fair on Wednesday February 12th, and you do not want to miss our Naughty Banger Bingo on Thursday February 13th for a chance to win some awesome XXX prizes!

And remember – no glove, no love.

Welcome Back Y’all!

Aaaaand we’re back! A little bit groggy and nostalgic about leaving behind a sense of holiday freedom, but happy to re-establish a new and healthy routine! Let’s face it, those sweets and savories gave us more than a few ideas for New Year’s resolutions. But every year it’s the same song and dance, after a few weeks we are suddenly unmotivated and can’t seem to hop back into the motivation station. The trick is finding something simple that we can maintain to get us on track this New Year. Come check out the SA Office, we are here to help with just that!

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In our SA office we are all about YOU, the students! Need a hand navigating the college campus? We can direct you. Want to find out about services offered on campus and from us? We can tell you. Want to know quiet places to study alone or communal places to hang out? We have answers. Need to rent a locker? We are happy to help. Curious about the Health and Dental Plan? We offer that!  OR do you just want a bit of down time and a puzzle or coloring sheet? We have those too.

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We’ll be hanging out. Every day. In F113. Across from Crave.

Fall Reading Break’s Top 3 Tips

Wahooooo – it’s Fall Reading Break! I don’t know about y’all, but if you’re anywhere near as tired as we are, then this break couldn’t come at a better time. In fact, did you know that the SAMHC advocated for this break for 5 WHOLE YEARS to get it into the MHC calendar? It was hard work but so worth it – and we’re just as thrilled to be reaping the rewards with everyone else 😀

While everyone is off campus getting some needed rest and relaxation, we figured it might be good to give 3 of our top ways to beat procrastination and de-stress over break to help make the most of it!

  • Exercise – Exercise is not only proven to help lift your mood but it’s also a great way to help boost your ability to get back to work when you’re struggling with a paper or study guide. Best of all, if you’re in town still, the gym at MHC is free to students – all you need to show is your campus ID!
  • Connect – Connection is one of the major keys to happiness. Take time over the break if you’re home to reconnect with family and friends or if you’re still in the Hat, get out and get into our vibrant community. Whether it’s for a coffee or even a short walk, connecting in some way will make you ready to tackle those assignments with a fresh brain!
  • Treat Yo’ Self – As famously stated on Parks And Recreation, you gotta treat yo’ self every so often! Channel your inner Donna and Tom and go do something you LOVE! Even if it’s just taking the time to watch your favorite movie or read a few chapters of your favorite book, a little treat will go a long way to helping you de-stress and that’s really what this break is designed for!

Now get out there and enjoy the break – we’re packed and ready for a little R&R ourselves ;D

Get Connected Through Your SA!

It’s that time of year again – the leaves are changing colors as the last few days of summer wind down and we all go back to campus! Luckily, here at the SAMHC we have five helpful tips and tricks to share with you to make sure that this is your best year ever at Medicine Hat College!

  • Number one, did you know that the SAMHC has an app?!? It’s true! Download it today for easy connections with your classmates, to be kept in the loop on all the awesome events that are happening on campus (and in the library!) and to organize your class schedule too!!
  • You know what’s a drag – lugging around a winter jacket and boots in the colder months of the year! Don’t fall victim to the winter blues, come in the SAMHC and rent a locker to store your coat and more. Just please, remember to clean out all your food ;D
  • Number three is one of the best services that we offer as the Students’ Association – and it’s all about the Health and Dental Plan. In order to ensure that students don’t drop out of college because of medical bills, we got you covered with our extensive H&D plan. Pop by today or hop onto www.studentbenefits.ca to see all the awesome things you’re now covered for as a full time, domestic student!
  • Number four on the docket is a service that we love providing to students in need and is our Campus Food Cupboard! If you’re experiencing food insecurity because of short funds, come and see us for access to food right here on campus!
  • And last but certainly not least, no college experience is complete without some fun and that’s just what our Ping-Pong tables are made for! Located in the Den, the Ping-Pong tables are free for students and are a great way to hang out and relieve some of that college stress!

And there you have it, our 5 best tips to help get your year starting off great! Don’t forget to grab the app and remember to get involved to make the most of your MHC experience!!

Celebrating Amazing Women for International Women’s Day

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Inspirational people come in all shapes, sizes and genders – but with International Women’s Day coming up on March 8th, 2019 we want to help illuminate the glories of women past, present and future.

With the theme of #BalanceforBetter, this year’s IWD2019 is all about celebrating women’s achievements throughout history while calling for a more equal world at the same time. To join in on the festivities, we at the SAMHC office will be hosting an interactive display designed to revel in the wonder of the incredible women at Medicine Hat College and beyond!

Running for a three-day blitz from March 6th to March 8th,  our display will take students, staff and faculty on a historical journey through the eyes of the women who helped write the pages of history. Alongside the archival anecdotes of some of the most influential ladies that have walked the planet, we will have space for those on campus to write the praises for the women in their present lives that share their light, joy, strength and bravery daily.

Everyone is welcome and we hope that together we can create change to make a world that is balanced for the better!

 

 

 

Bell Let’s Talk Day – A Springboard for Mental Health Awareness

bellletstalkThere’s no doubt about it – talking about mental health can be hard! Sometimes unsure of where to start or what to say, people take the easiest road out and say nothing at all. Luckily, there’s an easy way to start changing this unfortunate turn of events and it’s all thanks to Bell Let’s Talk Day – happening this Wednesday, January 30th, 2019!

With the advent of Bell Let’s Talk Day in 2011, we’ve been able to open the doors to an easy conversation all about mental health. And, while talking about mental health is what Bell Let’s Talk is all about, it begs the question of how do we keep the momentum going year round?

Fortunately, with this year’s poster, Bell has us covered once again! Keep reading to discover how you can #endthestigma!

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“Get Help.” Bell Let’s Talk, letstalk.bell.ca/en/get-help. Accessed January 28, 2019.

 

1. Language Matters – Take a minute and reflect on what your word choices are. Is there a better way to say something than “crazy?” Words can hurt, be mindful of your choices!

2. Be Kind – Everyone can be fighting a hard battle, and we may not get to know what that battle is. So be kind to others and to yourself.

3. Educate Yourself – There’s a lot of information out there about mental health and mental illness. Sleuth through it and get the facts so you can go forward, armed with knowledge!

4. Listen and Ask – Did you know that we can all talk about mental health? All we have to do is ask non-judgemental questions and actively listen to those around us. Mind blowing isn’t it? ;D

5. Talk About It – Now that you’re following all the other 4 steps as outlined above, it’s time to really break down the stigma and talk about what’s going on with your mental health. Be an advocate. Get out there and let the truth be known – we all have struggles, we all have mental health and we can all make a difference by joining the conversation!

 

 

Strong Hearts: Family Violence Prevention at MHC

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Happy November everyone! As some of you are hopefully aware, November is a very special month. Not only do we celebrate men’s health and awareness with Movember, but we also bring attention to healthy love and relationships with Family Violence Prevention.

Usually when people hear the terminology of “Family Violence Prevention” they’re not quite sure what exactly it entails, but they instantly seem to know that they certainly don’t know anyone who has any dealing with family violence, PERIOD! Sadly, we know from the statistics that there is an overwhelming number of people that have been affected by violence from someone they love. Whether it’s intimate partner abuse, neglect from a parent, or sexual assault, the numbers don’t lie – and they’re staggering! In an effort to help bring a voice to the countless people who are or have been affected by violence in their lives, we host an annual Family Violence Prevention week on campus to encourage this discussion to keep gaining momentum (and smash the stigma associated with it along the way)!

This year, we are particularly excited to bring our first-ever art show collaboration on campus thanks to the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society and McMan Colour Me Free. Teaming up with these two amazing organizations, LGBTQ2+ students from our community have been invited to create works of art that express what healthy relationships mean to them. Giving a “snapshot” of what relationships can be like in the rainbow community, this art show tackles discrimination, outing, homelessness and abuse in the way of artistic expression and we couldn’t be more honored to be a part of it. The exhibit itself will be on display from November 27th to 29th in the Den with the opening party happening November 27th at 6PM.

There’s also a Community Resource Fair on Wednesday, November 28th from 11AM to 1PM in the Students’ Association Hallway. Thursday night from 5:30PM to 9PM we have the Medicine Hat Board Game Guy back at Crave to host a Friends & Family Game Night (all ages welcome! It’s FREE!).

For more information, or to help someone whom you know is experiencing violence, the Women’s Shelter Society website and directory can be found here: http://www.mhwss.ca/.

Stress Less at MHC

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It’s a new year and for both our new and returning students, the Fall semester can be a time of challenges and triumphs. To make sure that your year starts off right, we have a few tips from our VP Internal, Evelyn Schottner and our Health and Wellness Coordinator, Jaycene Mock.

Hi Everyone! Evelyn here – I’m your VP Internal. You can come visit me to help with all sorts of academic issues if they arise for you. I’m here to help guide you through academic appeals, discrimination issues, and general student rights. I really believe that the College should be a place where all students feel safe and included, and that’s really what my position — and the Students’ Association in general — is all about! I also want to remind students really quick that there is an important date coming up: November 21st, 2018 is the withdraw date. This means that this is the last day to withdraw from a class and have it show up as a “W” on your transcript instead of a failing grade. I would highly recommend talking to your academic advisor prior to this date to weigh out your options if you have a class or classes that you’re struggling in. Other than that, feel free to pop into the SAMHC office or email me at SA_Internal@mhc.ab.ca with any questions you might have! Have a great year everyone!

Changing gears just a little! Jaycene here, your friendly neighborhood Health and Wellness Coordinator. The Fall semester is just kicking off and already I’ve seen a few very stressed-out students. Taking care of yourself can sometimes fall off to the bottom of your priority list when life gets busy but reminder: self-care should always be a priority! As cheesy as it sound, it’s true that you can’t take care of anything if you have not been taking care of yourself. This looks different for each of us, but below is one of my favorite infographics from the masters at Buzzfeed! If you have anymore questions or need anything, again please feel free to pop into the SAMHC office or email me at SA_HWC@mhc.ab.ca. Also come out to our Stress Less Events on September 11th and 12th in the Den 😀

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Borges, Anna. “For Making Everyday A Little More Chill.” Buzzfeed. 16 July 2016. Retrieved on 07 September 2018 from: https://www.buzzfeed.com/annaborges/relaxation-charts?utm_term=.gpxXjo1Ne&sub=4308927_9196789