#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. This year's Winnipeg Jets Hockey Talks campaign runs through the entirety of January 2020 with different organizations and experts being present on the concourse during all five home games throughout the month. Each participating NHL club will raise awareness about mental health through in-arena messaging and other means determined by each individual club. The in-game programming will help inform fans about mental health issues and the associated challenges.
|Date||Game Time||100 Level Concourse||300 Level Concourse|
|Thursday, Jan. 2||7pm||Sara Riel||-|
|Sunday, Jan. 12||1pm||Robyn Priest and Anxiety Disorders of Manitoba||Klinic|
|Tuesday, Jan. 14||7pm||Inspire and Mood Disorders Manitoba||Canadian Mental Health Association|
|Friday, Jan. 17||7pm||Art Beat Studio||Youth Hub NorWest Co-op|
|Friday, Jan. 31||7pm||Project 11||Project 11|
Several NHL clubs will host Hockey Talks nights from Jan. 5 to Mar. 11. When it comes to Mental Health, we are all on the same team.
|Pittsburgh Penguins||Jan 5|
|New York Islanders||Jan 11|
|Arizona Coyotes||Jan 14|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||Jan 16|
|Washington Capitals||Jan 16|
|Vancouver Canucks||Jan 16|
|Edmonton Oilers||Jan 18|
|Montreal Canadiens||Jan 27|
|Winnipeg Jets||Jan 31|
|Carolina Hurricanes||Jan 31|
|Calgary Flames||Feb 6|
|Ottawa Senators||Feb 6|
|New Jersey Devils||Feb 20|
|Colorado Avalanche||Mar 11|
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.
Want to learn more? DOWNLOAD the Mental Health Resource Guide HERE.
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.