Managing Mental Health 101 in Times of Uncertainty

Thursday, September 24th

5:30-7:00 PM

Register Here: Event Signup Google Form

Are you interested in professionally verified information and practices designed to help you manage you and your loved one’s mental health? Do you enjoy winning prizes for watching videos in your pj’s? Do you relish rhetorical questions? If so, ManupYYC has you covered. We have searched Calgary and found influential and experienced mental health professionals with a diverse background in mental health ready to share their wisdom.

** Please note this is a panellist discussion and not designed as a replacement for professional mental health service/advice/therapy.


Dr. Andrew Bulloch

Professor at the University of Calgary and Education Director for the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education

His research focuses on psychiatric epidemiology and pharmacoepidemiology. This research uses large scale population health surveys of the Canadian population to determine trends in mental health care. Dr. Bulloch has looked at how some of these surveys have linked administrative data on hospital discharges to mortality (including suicide). He continues to teach at the University of Calgary.

Some of Dr. Bulloch’s publications can be found in the following Link 

Akash Asif 

Centre for Suicide Prevention (CSP): External Relations Director

Akash graduated in 2015 from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and Bachelor of Commerce in petroleum land management. After graduation he ran SupportWorks; a Calgary-based organization providing peer support for people managing mental health issues. After he completed a Masters in Public Policy at the University of Calgary he joined the Centre for Suicide prevention as the Director of External Relations. He is currently managing the Buddy Up Campaign.

Alex Klassen 

University of Calgary Student Wellness Services: Social Worker

Alex Klassen is a Registered Social Worker and Counsellor with University of Calgary Wellness Services.  Alex grounds his work in the belief that “the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem” (Michael White).

Luke Robertson 

Calgary Distress Centre: Coordinator for ConnecTeen Program

Mr. Robertson has been with the Distress Centre for 4 years. His passion for working with youth is accompanied by an interest in the unique issues faced by boys and men, specifically pertaining to suicide-related behaviour and the search for individual meaning and belonging.  Luke’s work with Distress Centre embodies a culturally sensitive strengths-based lens, emphasizing the importance of self-care and self-compassion. He is currently completing his final year of studies in a Master of Counselling program through the University of Lethbridge. He aspires to work with couples and families to promote resilient and nurturing relationships.


10-15 minutes: Opening Remarks

30 minutes: Panel

45 minutes: Mingle/Conversation Meet & Greet (with the opportunity to ask specific questions to panellists)

5-10 minutes: Closing Remarks

We encourage you to attend for the whole event, but feel free to drop in when you can!


As if these wonderful people donating their time wasn’t enough, there will be a raffle held at the end containing delectable prizes including vouchers for free food at hot spots around Calgary. 

You can earn a maximum of three raffle tickets

1 for registering for the event

1 for showing up to the event

1 for staying for the whole event 


We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous contributions and willingness to support the U of C community in a time of need:


Deville Coffee


Hula Poke



OEB Breakfast Co.

Village Ice Cream

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Casual Conscious Eats

*Please note that sensitive topics such as suicide will be discussed during this event. If you need support at any time during our event, please let one of us know. We can help get you the support you need. If confidentiality is a concern, we will have a list of resources available for you to easily access.*


Tea Time is coming up! We hope you can come to enjoy some (FREE) tea, cookies, and meaningful conversation about mental health led by your very own ManUpYYC! We’ve included the details below:

When: Friday, March 13th, 2020 from 12PM to 2PM

Where: The Faith & Spirituality Center (MSC 487)

What: Tea, cookies, and conversation about mental health. We will focus on topics such as stigma, the challenges associated with being a university student, and healthy coping strategies.

For more details on Tea Time please visit the Faith & Spirituality Center at the following link:

Casino Royale is Back!

Hello everyone! We are starting this semester with a night to remember. In our society, many individuals are uneducated on how much damage drinking too much and too often can do to our bodies. Everyone will only be allowed up to two alcoholic drinks as we are promoting safe alcohol consumption with this event!

We hope you can join us on Thursday February 13th from 5PM to 8PM for a night full of fun casino games, and good company! The food and admission itself will be free of charge but if you wish to purchase a drink then make sure you come prepared. Vegetarian options will be available! The price for a non-alcoholic drink will be $3.5. For alcoholic drinks the price will be $5 for 1oz. and $7 for 2 oz. This night is perfect to dress up; the team recommends semi-formal/cocktail attire.

We will be holding this event in the Last Defence Lounge (LDL). Which is on the second floor of Machall. Once you’ve climbed up the stairs (by the DQ), take a left and head down until you see the LDL sign. You can also contact us through Facebook, or Instagram if you lose your way.

We hope to see you there! Spread the word on your socials!

The Man-Up for Mental Health Team

Lift-Off Winners

Hey guys!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who came out to our 5th annual Lift-Off. We SURPASSED our goal of 3 MILLION lbs with flying colors! We couldn’t have done this without you guys. We hope you all had fun, and wish you the best of luck with your final exams!

The top lifters were:

1st place is Owais!
2nd place is Griffin N!
3rd place is Nicholas L!

To collect your prize, please contact us through our Instagram (@manup_yyc) or email (

special thank you to Russ at Apple Fitness and Arron at Beyond the Basic Fitness. We are sincerely so thankful for them for lending out equipment to help run this event.

THANK YOU AGAIN to everyone for coming out and de-stressing with us! We cannot wait to see you guys for Casino Royale on February 13th, more information to come on our social media.