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.
The Winnipeg Jets are proud to host their sixth annual #HockeyTalks day on January 30th, 2018, when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning. #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, on January 30th, 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|
|Tuesday, Jan. 30||7pm||Project 11||Project 11|
|Thursday, Feb.1||7pm||Anxiety Disorders of MB||Klinic|
|Saturday, Feb. 3||6pm||Inspire Community Outreach||Inspire Community Outreach|
|Tuesday, Feb.6||7pm||Mood Disorders Association||Mood Disorders Association|
|Friday, Feb.9||7pm||MB Schizophrenia Society|
|Tuesday, Feb. 13||7pm||Artbeat Studio *+ artist Jamie Hogabaum||Artbeat Studio|
|Friday, Feb.16||7pm||Kids Help Phone||Kids Help Phone|
|Sunday, Feb.18||7pm||Kids Help Phone||Kids Help Phone|
|Tuesday, Feb. 20||7pm||Klinic|
|Tuesday, Feb. 27||7pm||Project 11||Project 11|
|Tuesday, Jan. 2||Edmonton Oilers||Los Angeles Kings|
|Friday, Jan.5||New York Islanders||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Monday, Jan. 22||Toronto Maple Leafs||Colorado Avalanche|
|Thursday, Jan.25||Montreal Canadiens||Carolina Hurricanes|
|Thursday, Jan.25||Vancouver Canucks||Buffalo Sabres|
|Tuesday, Jan.30||Calgary Flames||Vegas Knights|
|Tuesday, Jan. 30||Winnipeg Jets||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Thursday, Feb.8||Ottawa Senators||Nashville Predators|
|Thursday, Mar.22||Colorado Avalanche||Los Angeles Kings|
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 compelled 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.