Standing Desks: Established September 2018

SIHA is proud to present our newest sustainable initiative: Standing Desks!!

As university students, we are typically sitting for long periods (8-10 hours/day). Sedentary behaviour is a critical public health issue associated with higher rates of premature mortality, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depression.

To tackle this issue, Students Invested in Health Association (SIHA) has partnered with University of Alberta Libraries to bring you a sit-to-stand desk in every library on campus, with two desks per location in the Rutherford, Cameron and Health Sciences libraries. These are electronically adjustable desks that can adapt to different individual heights.  Additionally, “active sitting” chairs are available to help with the transition from sitting to standing!


Curre: Established January 2016

Mental health awareness

“Rarely can a response make something better. What makes something better is connection.” Dr Brene Brown beautifully illustrates the power of empathy in this RSA short, showcasing how genuine empathy requires the courage to share your own vulnerabilities.

Accommodating mental health and academics on the University Campus: Navi Dhanota’s struggle with disclosing mental health issues and receiving academic aid from her university mirrors the struggle that many post secondary students face. 

The way we think about our body can positively or negatively affect our mental health. Meghana Valupadas, shares her very personal story about her experience with eating disorders.

What if we’ve all been misunderstanding stress? What if stress could actually be seen as helpful? Watch this eye-opening TedTalk by Psychologist Kelly McGonigal to see stress in a new light that is unexpected!

While having resources available in the form of counsellors and clinicians are certainly important, it is a reactive measure for depression and suicide as opposed to a proactive one. What needs to be considered is the stigma inhibiting people’s desire to connect to seek out help.


HIV Edmonton: Established December 2015


Global HIV and AIDS Statistics: In 2014, an estimated 36.9 million people were living with HIV. March 2015, 15 million people living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral treatment – representing only 41% of those in need.

HIV Prevention and Support
An excellent article about the benefits of Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the barriers that still exist in accessing it.

Imagine trying to keep a life-or-death secret when it touches almost everyone you know. Doctors Without Borders discusses life beyond HIV, highlighting the strength of survivors and the barrier to accessing treatment.

Six people recall their difficult experiences with being HIV positive, and reflect on the stigma of safe sex practices and living with HIV. Heavy emphasis is placed on getting tested for STIs and finding good support systems for coping with HIV.