Remembering Andrew Nguyen

Andrew spent many years throughout his time at MRU contributing to advancing the mission of SAMRU and improving the student experience. His time as President of SAMRU’s Representation Executive Council (REC) for the 2018/2019 year and as a Governor on SAMRU’s Student Governing Board (2017-18) will be remembered for his commitment and dedication to those roles.

Throughout his years at SAMRU, those who knew and worked with Andrew will remember his desire to serve others and improve the lives of people around him. His concern for student wellness was apparent in his goals as REC President. 

Andrew’s contributions to our organization and his dedication to our mission of representing and serving students to help them succeed will not be forgotten. 

If you’d like to contribute to the memorial fund set up in Andrew’s name, you can do so here. Funds raised in Andrew’s memory will be used to support MRU students through scholarships and bursaries in future years.

It’s important to remember that mental health impacts us all. Even if we don’t experience these things ourselves, someone we care for – a family member, a friend, a co-worker –  will likely struggle with their mental health at some point in their lives. And while more and more individuals seek health services to address their mental health concerns every year, stigma and other circumstances still prevent people from seeking the help they need. 

1 in 3 Canadians will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime.


Help is available and within reach, If you or someone you know is struggling, reach out to one of these resources. 

Calgary Distress Centre (call or text 403-266-4357 to speak or chat online with a volunteer 24/7)
Crisis Services Canada 833-456-4566 available 24/7
MRU Mental Health Services
Calgary-wide Mental Health Resources
Canada-wide Mental Health Resources

We can never know the invisible battle(s) a person is fighting. We can, however, help our fellow humans by learning the signs of distress and by reducing mental health stigma so more individuals seek the help they need and deserve. We can do this by showing support, using respectful language, and educating ourselves. Most importantly, keep talking about it! The best way to change negative perceptions of mental health is to talk about our experiences honestly and openly.