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Capitals and MedStar Health to Host Mental Health Awareness Initiatives

Team to Host Talk Saves Lives on Jan. 9 and Hockey Talks Mental Health Awareness Night Jan. 16

by Washington Capitals @capitals /

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals and MedStar Health today announced initiatives in support of mental health awareness.

The Washington Capitals and MedStar Health will host Talk Saves Lives in conjunction with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Thursday, Jan. 9 from 5:15-6:30 p.m. at MedStar Capitals Iceplex.

Talk Saves Lives™ is an introductory presentation on mental health and suicide prevention, including the most up-to-date suicide data and research, and what can be done to fight this leading cause of death. Participants will learn the common risk factors for suicide, how to spot the warning signs in others, and how to keep ourselves, loved ones and those in the community safe.

Following the Talk Saves Lives program, there will be a Q&A discussion with Capitals players Nick Jensen and Brendan Leipsic and experts in the mental health field, including MedStar Health psychiatrist, Dr. Karen Anderson.

As the leading health care provider in the region, MedStar Health is committed to serving the community's physical and mental health needs.

Registration is required and available on a first come, first served basis. Click here to register.

In addition, the Capitals will host their first Hockey Talks Mental Health Awareness Night in partnership with MedStar Health on Thursday, Jan. 16, when the team hosts the New Jersey Devils at Capital One Arena.

The game will feature several activations related to mental health, including PSAs and an informational table on the 200-level concourse. In addition, players will wear the Hockey Talks decal on their helmets to further raise awareness about mental health.

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 Capitals are among 15 National Hockey League teams hosting Hockey Talks this season.

Fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #HockeyTalks. For more information on the initiatives, visit

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