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The Hockey Talks mental health awareness initiative began in 2013, following the tragic passing of Canucks player Rick Rypien in 2011. Rick was a hockey hero, a son, a brother, a teammate, and a friend. Rick's wish was to support others and help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness by being a spokesperson for this issue. The Vancouver Canucks are committed to honoring Rick's legacy by telling his story and carrying out his mission to support youth and families struggling with mental health challenges.

This year, all 7 Canadian NHL teams and 8 US teams will host a Hockey Talks mental health awareness night to encourage conversation, share mental health resource information, and reduce the stigma.

The Vancouver Canucks will host their seventh annual Hockey Talks game on January 16 and offer fans the opportunity to get involved through social media.

 

Hockey Talks Game Nights
HOME VISITOR DATE
Pittsburgh Penguins Florida Panthers January 5, 2020
New York Islanders Boston Bruins January 11, 2020
Arizona Coyotes San Jose Sharks January 14, 2020
Washington Capitals New Jersey Devils January 16, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs Calgary Flames January 16, 2020
Vancouver Canucks Arizona Coyotes January 16, 2020
Edmonton Oilers Arizona Coyotes January 18, 2020
Montreal Canadiens Washington Capitals January 27, 2020
Winnipeg Jets Boston Bruins January 31, 2020
Carolina Hurricanes Las Vegas Knights January 31, 2020
Calgary Flames Nashville Predators February 6, 2020
Ottawa Senators Colorado Avalanche February 6, 2020
New Jersey Devils San Jose Sharks February 20, 2020
Colorado Avalanche New York Rangers March 11, 2020

CANUCKS SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVES

On January 16, Canucks players will wear Hockey Talks helmet decals and dri-fit t-shirts to show their support.

The Canucks will host Foundry and the Canadian Mental Health Association on the concourse at Section 111 to share information with fans.

The Vancouver Canucks are also partnering with the BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to educate the public and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and substance use. They will be set up on the concourse at Section 101, providing Canucks fans with information about how they can be mental health ambassadors and support others by having courageous conversations. For more information, visit StopOverdoseBC.ca.

The Canucks are supporting 6 Balancing Our Minds mental health youth summits in communities across BC in 2020. Balancing our Minds is a free, one-day event which gives youth an opportunity to increase their knowledge about mental health and substance use, build awareness of available mental health tools, resources and services, increase positive attitudes towards individuals experiencing mental health challenges, and generate ideas on how to promote mental health and wellness in their school and community.

To date, the Canucks for Kids Fund has granted more than $500,000 to mental health programming at BC Children's Hospital. The Canucks for Kids Fund also supported BC Children's Hospital in developing a mindfulness app for youth called 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 were 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).

#HockeyTalks Social Media Campaign

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.

Additional Resources

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: