Augustana Alumni Student Support and Engagement Team (ASSET)

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The experience of today's university students is intense. Extreme academic competitiveness, soaring tuition and living costs, high expectations and a cutthroat job market after graduation leave many students feeling hopeless, exhausted and depressed. And, according to North American statistics, almost nine per cent of post-secondary students have considered suicide.

Although there are several mental health support services available to students on the University of Alberta campuses, sometimes there's a gap between students realizing they need help and accessing those supports.

That's where grads can help. Alumni have a diverse offering of skills, talents and experiences. Perhaps most importantly, they know the challenges and stresses of being a student. Eight ASSET volunteers, specially trained in Mental Health First Aid, Helping Skills, and Suicide Prevention, now support students at student events and various activities on Augustana Campus.

One-to-One Tea Times

For one-to-one meetings with ASSET members, students only need to sign up online. Effective March 16, One-to-One Tea Times will take place on Google Hangouts for the remainder of the semester. This is a preventative measure to support our collective health in response to COVID-19. To book your virtual Tea Time, click the link below.

Book a tea time!

Stay on Track with ASSET

The stretch before reading week can be especially busy with classes, midterms, and papers. To help you set weekly goals and make time for self-care, Alumni Student Support & Engagement Team (ASSET) volunteers will be available to support you and a small group of peers. Join us for a 30-minute virtual check-in on Mondays and see how you are doing with a virtual check-out on Fridays.

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Virtual Art Hive with ASSET

Connect with other students, share your art in a safe space, reduce social isolation, and enjoy the relaxing and healing benefits of making something. You don’t need to be an artist to join the community — you can simply be present and open.

Led by Susan Spyker, ‘87 BA(RecAdmin)

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