MONTREAL - For the fourth consecutive year, the Montreal Canadiens are hosting their Hockey Talks program, an initiative supported by the National Hockey League to encourage conversations about mental health. Joining forces with the Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs, the Montreal Canadiens reiterate their commitment to build awareness among their fans about this often misunderstood issue, while also providing information on treatments available to aid in recovery.
On Tuesday night, the Montreal Canadiens are dedicating their home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Hockey Talks program. Prior to the game, players’ wives, along with Bell Let’s Talk spokespersons Michel Mpambara, Stefie Shock, and Étienne Boulay and other Bell ambassadors, will distribute bracelets in support of the Bell Let’s Talk initiative. Patients from la Fondation les petits trésors, the Douglas institute and the Ste. Anne’s Hospital Foundation will be honoured guests for the evening and will have the chance to attend the game in private suites. Bell representatives will be at the community kiosk across from section 103, to raise awareness and provide information about Wednesday’s Bell Let’s Talk Day.
For every text message, wireless, and long distance call made by Bell customers on Wednesday, for every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and every Facebook share of the Bell Let's Talk Day image at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk, Bell will donate 5 cents to support Canadian mental health programs. On Bell Let's Talk Day 2015, a record 122,150,772 calls, tweets, texts, and shares resulted in Bell committing a further $6,107,538.60 to Canadian mental health programs. Bell's donations are made at no extra charge to Bell Let's Talk Day participants, though normal long distance or text messaging charges, if any, apply.
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
On average, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, and every Canadian will be indirectly affected through a family member, friend, or colleague. Stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community. Approximately 70% of mental health issues have their onset during childhood or adolescence. Identifying the signs early and getting connected to tools and support is the most important way to prevent problems from worsening. Mental illness can be treated effectively.