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The Vancouver Canucks will host their fifth annual Hockey Talks day on February 18, 2017, 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 the other Canadian NHL clubs where each will dedicate one of their game nights from Jan. 25-Mar. 10 to encourage open dialogue about mental health.

The schedule for Hockey Talks night hosted by each Canadian Club is as follows:

Hockey Talks Game Nights
HOME VISITOR DATE
Montreal Canadiens Columbus Blue Jackets Jan. 24, 2017
Ottawa Senators St. Louis Blues Feb. 7, 2017
Calgary Flames Philadelphia Flyers Feb. 15, 2017
Vancouver Canucks Calgary Flames Feb.18, 2017
Toronto Maple Leafs Montreal Canadiens Feb. 25, 2017
Winnipeg Jets Minnesota Wild Feb. 28, 2017
Edmonton Oilers Pittsburgh Penguins Mar. 10, 2017

 #HockeyTalks Social Media Campaign

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.

Fans are then encouraged to join the conversation on social with the hashtag #HockeyTalks. Hockey Talks signs are available to print off below should fans want to incorporate them in their posts.

 

Canucks Supporting Mental Health Initiatives

Following the passing of Vancouver Canuck Rick Rypien, the Canucks, in conjunction with Fraser Health and Provincial Health Services Authority and BC Children's Hospital, re-launched mindcheck.ca, a website focused on providing free mental health resources for youth. Since the re-launch in 2012, mindcheck.ca has had over 550,000 visitors and over 261,000 people have taken self-assessment quizzes. In an effort to reach more youth in BC, BC Children's Hospital, with the Vancouver Canucks are encouraging students to host a Balancing Our Minds mental health youth summit in their own communities. Balancing Our Minds is a one-day event geared towards high school aged youth to learn about mental health and engage in fun activities and thoughtful dialogue. Students can visit bom.keltymentalhealth.ca to access tool kits and resources which will enable them to host their own summits, keep the conversation going, and help reduce stigma around mental health.

With support from the Canucks for Kids Fund, the Health Literacy team at BC Children's Hospital, along with a number of different experts and youth, are developing Breathr- a new app to help introduce the concept of mindfulness and create an easy access point for those who are new to this practice. The app will provide opportunities for users to try out a variety of mindfulness practices, while also teaching them interesting facts about the brain science behind those practices. Our aim is to show youth that mindfulness can be fun, easy to try, and that it can have very real benefits for their overall health and well-being.

 

Mental Health and Wellness Facts

  • In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem.(1)
  • 70% of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence (2)
  • Mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada (3,4,5)
  • A growing body of international evidence demonstrates that promotion, prevention, and early intervention initiatives show positive returns on investment in this health sector (4,6)

 

Sources
  1. Smetanin et al (2011). The life and economic impact of major mental illnesses in Canada: 2011-2041.
  2. Government of Canada (2006). The human face of mental health and mental illness in Canada.
  3. Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (2015). Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study, 2013.
  4. Mental Health Commission of Canada (2014). Why investing in mental health will contribute to Canada's economic prosperity and to the sustainability of our health care system.
  5. Lim et al (2008). A new population-based measure of the burden of mental illness in Canada.
  6. Canadian Policy Network (2011). Return on investment: Mental health promotion and mental illness prevention.