Hockey Talks is part of a collective effort, with each of the Canadian NHL clubs dedicating one of their game nights annually to bringing awareness to this topic in an attempt to provide information from experts and alleviate some of the misconceptions and stigma associated with mental illness. It also identifies resources available to those in need of help or support. 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.
#HockeyTalks is a national public awareness campaign for Canadian NHL teams designed to encourage conversations about mental health. The campaign showcases mental health resources and provides information from leading experts, and alleviates some of the misconceptions and stigma associated with mental illness. Additionally, fans can show their support by posting their pictures via social media with the hashtag #HockeyTalks. Jets players will also have special #HockeyTalks logos on their helmets as a show of support.
|Date||Game Time||Section 118/119||Section 308|
|Sunday, Jan. 6||4pm||Aulneau Resource Centre||Aulneau Resource Centre|
|Tuesday, Jan. 8||7pm||Artbeat Studio||-|
|Friday, Jan. 11||7pm||Kids Help Phone||Manitoba Schizophrenia Society|
|Sunday, Jan. 13||5pm||Klinic Community Health Care||ADAM|
|Tuesday, Jan. 15||7pm||Mood Disorders Association||OCD Centre Manitoba|
|Thursday, Jan. 31||7pm||Project 11||Project 11|
|Wednesday, Jan 16||Arizona|
|Wednesday, Jan 16||Vancouver|
|Sunday, Jan 20||New York Islanders|
|Wednesday, Jan 23||Montreal|
|Wednesday, Jan 23||Toronto|
|Thursday, Jan 31||Winnipeg|
|Tuesday, Feb 5||New Jersey|
|Thursday, Feb 7||Calgary|
|Thursday, Feb 7||Ottawa|
|Sunday, March 17||Colorado|
According to mental health experts, on average one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness in their lifetimes; thereby affecting indirectly many more Canadians 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 percent 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.
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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Fans will also have the opportunity to lend their voices by downloading a Hockey Talks sign and posting a picture via social media with the hashtag #HockeyTalks as a symbol of lending one's voice in support of mental health awareness. Download a Hockey Talks sign or Hockey Talks speech bubble.