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Flames promote awareness for mental health and wellness with Hockey Talks

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames will host their second annual Hockey Talks day on January 24, 2013, seeking to encourage a national conversation about mental health. The Flames will build awareness about seeking help and will continue the conversation throughout the month of January through online storytelling and social media.

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

Specifically, each club will raise awareness about mental health through in-arena messaging at one of their home games and other means determined by each individual club.

The in-game programming will help inform fans about mental health issues and the associated challenges. It will also identify resources available to those in need of help or support.

This year, fans are encouraged to join the conversation by downloading a Hockey Talks sign and posting a picture via social media with the hashtag #hockeytalks.

The Calgary Flames will host their Hockey Talks game on Friday, January 24th against the Nashville Predators. Last year, the Flames Foundation for Life donated over $12,000.00 to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA - Calgary) form the Hockey Talks game.

The Flames will continue to support the Canadian mental Health Association at the Hockey Talks game this season. The Flames will donate a portion of 50/50 proceeds to the CMHA - Calgary. CMHA – Calgary volunteers will also be selling pucks with 1/3 of them autographed by players for $15.00 on the concourse with funds directed toward the cause. The Flames will also build awareness throughout the month about the stigmas of mental health and about seeking help and becoming knowledgeable about treatment.


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. Mental health problems and illnesses can be treated effectively.


For nearly 60 years the Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region (CMHA – Calgary) has and continues to create awareness, provide promotion and education, and support and advocate for individuals and families living with mental illness and addictions. A leader and collaborative partner in the local community, CMHA – Calgary offers 12 core programs and services to meet the needs of those living in the Calgary area and dealing with mental disorders. CMHA – Calgary reaches many individuals directly each year and supports reducing the impact of mental disorders by promoting health and wellness through community-based services including:

· Advocacy

· Street Outreach and Stabilization

· Family Support

· Independent Living Support

· Supportive Living

· Suicide Bereavement Counselling

· Peer Options

· Continuing Connections

· Leisure Recreation

· Workplace Mental Health

· Mental Health Education

· Post Discharge Transition

This reach, however, does not include the thousands more CMHA - Calgary shares important mental health information with every year throughout the community at various events and activities.

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