On January 21, the Canucks will continue to support positive change around mental health issues when they host their 9th annual Hockey Talks game when they face off against the Ottawa Senators. Fans are encouraged to take to social media to share personal messages and messages of support to create an open dialogue and awareness about mental health, using the #HockeyTalks.
Hockey Talks is a program that was inspired by Rick Rypien, former Canucks forward, who tragically lost his battle with mental health issues in 2011. Today, 18 NHL clubs participate, sharing resources, stories and breaking the stigma about mental health issues.
|New York Islanders||January 21|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||January 22|
|Winnipeg Jets||January 23|
|Vancouver Canucks||January 27|
|Montreal Canadiens||January 28|
|Arizona Coyotes||January 28|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||January 28|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||TBD|
|New Jersey Devils||TBD|
On January 21, Canucks players will wear Hockey Talks helmet decals and dri-fit t-shirts to show their support.
Since 2011 the Canucks and the Canucks for Kids Fund has donated more than $650,000 to support mental health programming in BC, including significant funding towards Foundrybc.ca (formerly mindcheck.ca). By donating to the Canucks for Kids Fund, fans have also helped support several Balancing Our Minds Youth Summits since 2016, reaching more than 3,800 students in communities around the province. Balancing Our Minds summits are youth-led events that help support student wellness, build mental health literacy, break down stigma, encourage early help-seeking and connect students to appropriate mental health resources and services.
Fans are encouraged to share personal messages and messages of support to create an atmosphere of open dialogue and awareness about mental health, using the hashtag #HockeyTalks.
For those who would like to learn more about mental health, they are encouraged to reach out to a medical professional and visit a wide variety of online resources, including:
The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and the Vancouver Canucks have teamed up to show that nobody needs to go through mental health and substance use challenges on their own. Canucks Alumni, Corey Hirsch and Kirk McLean, added their voices to the conversation about mental health and addiction, as Stop Overdose BC campaign ambassadors. It's important to talk when we're struggling.
Corey Hirsch shares his personal story and talks about the importance of listening without judgement when someone reaches out for help.