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Mental Health Research for Canadian Armed Forces
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Ended Oct 31, 2015

 “We have a higher incidence of stress injuries as a result of the dangerous environments we operate in.”

                                                                             Surgeon General’s Mental Health Strategy

Mission Statement:

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are constantly putting their lives in danger for the safety and security of our Nation. Student Association for Soldiers' Health (SASH) is a University of Alberta based, non-profit, student group that recognizes the unique challenges of the Canadian Soldiers and Veterans. This group is dedicated to improving the quality of life of all Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans.


The goals of the group are as follows:

  1. Increase the number of events on Campus that provide support for the Military and Veterans.
  2. Raise awareness of the challenges that the members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families face everyday.
  3. Advocate for programs to improve mental health of past, current and future members of the Canadian Armed Forces
  4. Collect funds to support the ongoing research focusing solely on military health and wellness. 

First Project: Crowd funding

SASH is launching its first fundraising event, which willl begin Novemeber 10 and end on Novemeber 20. Through emails, social media and word of mouth, we will work to raise funds to support ongoing research at the University of Alberta with regards to the mental health of the Canadian Armed Forces.

For example, Dr. Ibolja Cernak’s Research group is currently performing a longitudinal study on the changes in resilience among the soldiers. She became the first member of academia to join the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. During this time, she collected data on the changes in physical and cognitive functioning of the Canadian soldiers. Her data suggests that the cognitive performances of soldiers significantly improved during the deployment to Afghanistan.

To read more on Dr. Cernak’s work, please visit:

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Student Perspective: Asad Makhani

As an undergraduate student researcher, I have explored the effects of emotion regulation among soldiers on cognitive their performance. This opportunity has allowed me to fuel my passion to improve the health of others, including soldiers. Research that is focused on the mental health of soldiers is important as it can allow us to develop training and programs to reduce Operational Stress Injuries among soldiers. These injuries include: PTSD, depression among other chronic mental health impairments. It is our duty, as a society, to help those who risk their everyday for our safety.

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