Vancouver, BC - The Vancouver Canucks will host their sixth annual Hockey Talks day on January 25, 2018, to encourage a conversation about mental health. The Canucks will dedicate this game night to bring awareness to mental health and offer fans the opportunity to get involved through social media. The Canucks Hockey Talks event is part of an effort with nine NHL clubs where each will dedicate one of their game nights from January 2 to March 22 to bring awareness to mental health in an attempt to provide information from experts and alleviate some of the misconceptions and stigma associated with mental illness.
|Edmonton Oilers||Multiple Teams||Jan. 2 - Jan 25, 2018|
|New York Islanders||Pittsburgh Penguins||Jan. 5, 2018|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||Colorado Avalanche||Jan. 22, 2018|
|Montreal Canadiens||Carolina Hurricanes||Jan. 25, 2018|
|Vancouver Canucks||Buffalo Sabres||Jan. 25, 2018|
|Calgary Flames||Vegas Knights||Jan. 30, 2018|
|Winnipeg Jets||Tampa Bay Lightning||Jan. 30, 2018|
|Ottawa Senators||Nashville Predators||Feb. 8, 2018|
|Colorado Avalanche||Los Angeles Kings||Mar. 22, 2018|
On January 25th, Canucks players will wear Hockey Talks helmet decals and dri-fit t-shirts to show their support. As well, the Canucks will host the Canadian Mental Health Association and Foundry on the concourse to share information with fans. New for 2018, the Canucks are supporting the development of Foundry, a province-wide network of wellness centres and resources for young people ages 12-24 in BC. Foundry removes barriers and increases access to care - including mental health care, substance use services, primary care, social services and youth and family peer supports.
The Canucks are once again supporting Balancing our Minds youth summits in 5 communities across BC. Balancing our Minds youth summits are events where high school aged youth can learn and talk about mental health and reducing stigma, participate in activities and learn about local and provincial resources.
The Canucks have also supported BC Children's Hospital in developing a new mindfulness app for youth, Breathr. Breathr is designed to help introduce the concept of mindfulness and create an easy access point for those new to the practice. The app provides opportunities for users to try out a variety of mindfulness practices, while also teaching them interesting facts about the brain science behind those practices. For more information and to download the app visit http://keltymentalhealth.ca/breathr.
The Vancouver Canucks efforts in raising awareness about mental health through the Hockey Talks Program have been recognized by the 2017 Mental Health Voices Award from the Canadian Mental Health Association as well as by the 2013 Rona & Ken Purdy Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Fans will also have the opportunity to lend their voices through social media by using the hashtag #HockeyTalks. Social media messages using the hashtag can appear as part of an online mosaic to showcase a united voice on Canucks.com/hockeytalksmosaic. Collectively, fans will have the opportunity to share personal messages and messages of support to create an atmosphere of open dialogue and awareness about mental health.