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Flames build awareness for mental health & wellness through Hockey Talks

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames will host their third annual Hockey Talks game on Monday, February 2, 2015 against the Winnipeg Jets to raise awareness to seek information and help in dealing with mental illness issues.

The Flames Hockey Talks event is part of a collective effort, with all of the Canadian NHL clubs dedicating one of their game nights to bringing awareness to this topic in an attempt to alleviate misconceptions and stigma that have been associated with mental illness.

Fans will have the opportunity to lend their voices by downloading a Hockey Talks sign from the Flames website ( and post a picture via social media with the hashtag #HockeyTalks. The images will appear as part of an online mosaic to showcase a united voice.

The Flames will continue to support the Canadian Mental Health Association at the Hockey Talks game this season by donating a portion of 50/50 proceeds to the CMHA - Calgary. CMHA – Calgary volunteers will also be selling pucks for $15 on the main concourse at Section 227 with funds directed toward the cause and a one-in-three chance of receiving a puck autographed by a player. The Flames will also build awareness throughout February about the stigmas of mental health and the benefits of seeking help and becoming knowledgeable about treatment.

Last year, the Flames Foundation for Life donated over $12,000 to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA - Calgary) from the Hockey Talks game.


One-in-five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness in their lifetime; it indirectly affects all Canadians at some point through a family member, friend or colleague. Stigma or discrimination attached to mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment, but also to acceptance in the community.

Approximately 70 per cent of mental health problems and illnesses have their onset during childhood or adolescence. Identifying the signs early and getting connected to tools and support is the most important way to prevent problems from becoming worse.

These statistics were compiled from information available through the following websites: Mental Health Commission of Canada, Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

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