The Counselling Centre
SMU Healthy Minds Team
The Saint Mary’s Healthy Minds Team is a group of student volunteers committed to raising awareness for mental health issues and promoting wellbeing on and off campus.
By working with The Counselling Centre and overseen by the Intake and Programs Coordinator, Bobbi Beuree, the Healthy Minds Team engages in student outreach, facilitates events to promote psychological wellness and educates peers on issues surrounding mental health. The goal of the team is to ensure that the Saint Mary’s community is sensitive towards the issues surrounding psychological wellness and are aware of the resources available to students who may be dealing with mental health issues.
By fostering a sense of community and acceptance on campus, the Healthy Minds Team aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and create an environment where conversations about mental wellbeing are open and welcomed.
All of the team’s volunteers are dedicated to the core ideals of the mission. They are passionate and educated student leaders who want to enact meaningful change to help their school community.
To see some of the activities and projects we are working on, please visit our Facebook page.
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If you want to get involved with The Healthy Minds Team, we encourage you to submit an application!
The 2018-2019 Healthy Minds Team
Name: Phillip Harnanan
Phil is in his final year attending Saint Mary’s where he is studying Psychology. He is originally from Trinidad and Tobago, and moved to Canada when he was 17. As a member of the Healthy Minds Team, Phil looks forward to helping make Saint Mary’s University an enjoyable and productive environment for students, helping to create an environment where everyone can do their best, both academically and socially. He hopes to help end the stigma surrounding mental health, and make university an experience to remember. Phil hopes to attend medical school to become a physician, in order to help people attain the health with which they can live their lives to their fullest.
Name: Ruth Shelton
Ruth is a third year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in psychology, she is also completing her honours in psychology this year. She is passionate about mental health and wellness and is looking forward to spreading mental health awareness and reducing stigma. Ruth hopes to promote a healthy and accepting culture on campus as a second year member of the Healthy Minds Team.
Name: Sarah Duggan
Sarah is in her second year here at SMU, studying Psychology. She is from Tantallon, Nova Scotia. This is her second year with the Healthy Minds Team and she is very passionate about mental health. Sarah hopes to continue to spread awareness about mental health issues, and will continue to strive to end the stigma on campus.
Name: Greg Ghosn
Greg is a Lebanese Canadian in his third year of studies in the Bachelor of Arts program majoring in Psychology. He is also a second year Pack Leader, and a first year member of the Healthy Minds Team. Greg is passionate about helping his peers on and off campus and shining a light on mental health awareness as an attempt to reduce stigma. He wishes to have a memorable university experience both socially and academically while encouraging a positive and healthy lifestyle for his friends and family.
Name: Madoka Imamura
Madoka is from Japan and is in her fourth year studying psychology in Bachelor of Science. She is enthusiastic in making a change to overcome mental health stigma and promote cultural awareness on campus. She is thankful for joining the Healthy Mind Team which she had been aspiring to do. Madoka wants to make students’ ordinary days a little bit better by providing them positive vibes and thinking of each student closely.
Name: Bahar Tunc
Major: Political Science
Bahar is a 3rd year international student at SMU, having a double major in Political Science and Philosophy, with a minor on Sociology. She’s from Turkey. Bahar has a special interest in mental health due to personal experiences with depression and anxiety. She’s hoping to help people understand the helpful ways to cope and to end the stigma. She wishes to help the team with her artistic ways and during the organization of events.
Name: Amina Khan
Amina is in her 3rd year studying Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. She was born and brought up in Halifax, NS, but is originally from Afghanistan/Egypt. After graduation, she wants to become a social worker continuing to a Masters Degree in child and youth studies. Being on the Healthy Minds Team, her goal is to raise awareness on mental health and to prevent the ongoing stigma around mental health issues. Most importantly she wants to support students in making them feel comfortable communicating their thoughts with others. She is very excited to be starting her first year on the Healthy Minds Team!
Name: Afrida Urboshi
Afrida is a 3rd year B.A. student, majoring in Psychology and minoring in English. She is from Bangladesh and lists as her interests mental health advocacy, psychology, animals, casual reading, doing her nails, video games, horror movies and folk metal music. Afrida’s goal as a mental health advocate and a Healthy Minds Team member is to raise awareness and educate students about how to have the best mental health they can. She is very passionate about this, so hopes to contribute her efforts into making Saint Mary’s university as inclusive as it is culturally diverse.