Mission

mission statement

SAMH strives to continue the discussion around mental health and illness within the Carleton community. SAMH pushes for the improvement of services and accessibility for all students on campus, advocates for those who need the platform for their voices to be heard and continuously discusses the many intersections of mental health and the difficulties faced by those most stigmatized.

core values

  • Centering those with lived experience
  • Recognizing intersectionality and ensuring representation

Mandate

  • Support: Through our weekly members meetings, SAMH brings students together to discuss various topics in mental health, share their lived experience, as well as engage in self-care activities in a supportive environment. In addition, we promote on and off campus services and help connect students to resources. This year, we will be helping to develop a mental health resource guide to distribute to students and groups on campus.

  • Educate: Through our monthly events, SAMH educates the community on a variety of mental illnesses and related issues. In the past, this has included discussion panels on psychosis, substance use disorders, eating disorders, and PTSD, as well as talks on Indigenous mental health and sexual violence. This year, we will be developing workshops that cover topics such as mental health accessibility, literacy, and anti-oppression.

  • Advocate: Through our collaboration with the Student Mental Health Advocacy Collective and the Carleton administration, SAMH advocates with and for students to improve mental health on a systemic level. In the past, we successfully passed a referendum to increase the amount of counsellors in Health and Counselling Services. This year, we will continue to provide student input on Carleton’s updated mental health framework, as well as address policies within the Paul Menton Centre.

Constitution

To ensure good governance we have come together to create a constitution, which you can view here.

Our Constitution Guidelines can be found here.

To propose an amendment, please fill out this form.

Meeting policies

Member Meetings Policy & Protocol

The goal of the SAMH Member Meetings Policy is to set out mutually agreed upon guidelines that govern member meetings and create accountability within the group. This policy applies to all members and executives, as well as any other individual who attends a member meeting. This policy shall reflect and be governed by the provisions set out in the SAMH Constitution.

Executive meetings policy & protocol

The goal of the SAMH Executive Meetings Policy is to set out mutually agreed upon guidelines that govern executive meetings and create accountability within the group. This policy applies to all executives, as well as any other individual who attends an executive meeting. This policy shall reflect and be governed by the provisions set out in the SAMH Constitution.

Executive team

 

SAMH Executive alumni

Ekaterina Totina
Holly Urbanski
Tierra Hohnes
Jenn Snell
Deshawna Dookie
Emily Dal Bello
Lanisha DaCosta
Matt Hertendy
Scott Zakaib