Our homecoming socks sales were a huge success! We sold socks in the Queen’s Athletics and Recreation Center for the four days leading up to homecoming. Our new executive and volunteer members got to know each other during their shifts. SAS socks are now being sold at Oil Thigh Designs- we are incredibly grateful for their support! They routinely sold out of socks during the week leading up to homecoming. As always, we love seeing the increasing presence of our socks around campus.
Queen’s longboard club has partnered with Step Above Stigma to host a longboard and skateboard silent auction. Along with speakers who will be presenting on the importance of physical activity for mental health, attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase uniquely crafted boards. All boards are handmade by QLC using sustainably sourced Canadian maple. As well, all boards are created by local Kingston or student artists. 50% of the silent auction proceeds will go to the artists and 50% will be received by Step Above Stigma, where the proceeds will then be allocated to a mental health organization. Come out to support local artists, students, and mental health initiatives!
On Bell “Let’s Talk” Day, January 30th, join Step Above Stigma in advocating for mental health research, awareness, and education. Socks are $10-$15 each, all proceeds going to mental health initiatives. The sock sale will be held from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in MacCorry.
Step Above Stigma has partnered with “No Time For That” selling socks for $12, all proceeds going to the NTFT organization. No Time For That workers with performers and motivational speakers to create and deliver performances that will provide support and inspiration to youth. Thus far, NTFT has delivered over 500 presentations to schools across Canada, at no cost to the schools. Each school visit included a 45-minute presentation by the founder and performer Elsie Morden, who shares her own experience with bullying and mental health through original songs and personal stories. If you would like to support Step Above Stigma and NTFT, please visit the following website to purchase a pair of socks!
The Step Above Stigma team was excited to be welcomed back to be a part of "Run With Me" this year on September 30th, 2018. "Run with me" is an annual 5k walk/run in MacDonald Park that encourages individuals to recognize the importance of physical activity on an individual's mental health. The event focuses on "the correlation between exercise and its positive effects on the emotional state of an individual" - Run With Me. The Step Above Stigma team sold our socks at the event and cheered on all of its wonderful participants.
During Queens University's Frosh Week 2018, the Step Above Stigma team was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet with keen and eager students at Queens in the Park. This event allowed for students to learn about all clubs on Queens' campus and how they could get involved. The SAS team spoke to hundreds of students about the importance of mental health and some of the world we do to eradicate stigma around mental illness and promote self-love. From this event and others, our team was able to recruit passionate, enthusiastic volunteers to help us with our mission of stepping above the stigma for mental illness.