On January 21, the Canucks will continue to support positive change around mental health issues when they host their 10th annual Hockey Talks game when they face off against the Florida Panthers. 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, several NHL teams , including our own Abbotsford Canucks, sharing resources, stories and breaking the stigma about mental health issues.
On January 21, Canucks players will wear Hockey Talks helmet decals, hoodies, and specialty Rypien warm-up jerseys to show their support. These warm-up jerseys will be auctioned on vanbase.ca to support Foundry BC.
Since 2011 the Canucks and the Canucks for Kids Fund has donated over $700,000 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 10,000 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.
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