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"Hockey Talks" returns Feb. 28

Fifth-annual #HockeyTalks Day builds awareness for mental health and wellness

by Winnipeg Jets Press Release @WpgJetsPR / WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets are proud to host their fifth annual #HockeyTalks day on February 28, 2017, when they host the Minnesota Wild. #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 Feb. 28, fans can show their support by posting their pictures via social media with the hashtag #HockeyTalks. Jets fans will also receive a complimentary Project 11 bracelet, plus have the opportunity to purchase special retail items at Jets Gear stores. Jets players will also have special #HockeyTalks logos on their helmets during the month of February.

Two special videos relating to mental health awareness will also be shown during the course of the game:

Video: Project 11 educates youth on mental wellness

Video: TSN Original: The Rick Rypien Story

This year the Jets will also host various mental health organizations during home games throughout the month of February to bring further awareness about mental health resources available in Manitoba:

Tuesday, Feb. 7 - Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets at 7 p.m.
Manitoba Schizophrenia Society-100 level
Artbeat Studio - 300 level

Friday, Feb. 10 - Chicago Blackhawks vs. Winnipeg Jets at 7 p.m.
Mental Health Education Resource Centre -300 level
Canadian Mental Health Association -100 level

Saturday, Feb. 11- Tampa Bay Lighting vs. Winnipeg Jets at 7 p.m.
Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba - 100 and 300 level

Tuesday, Feb.14 - Dallas Starts vs. Winnipeg Jets at 7 p.m.
Mood Disorders- 100 and 300 level

Tuesday, Feb. 28 - Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets at 7 p.m.
True North Youth Foundation's Project 11 - 100 and 300 level

To learn more how the True North Youth Foundation works to provide mental health programs and resources for youth, please visit www.projecteleven.ca

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS

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.

The schedule for #HockeyTalks night by all Canadian NHL clubs:

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Montreal Canadiens - Jan. 25, 2017
St. Louis Blues vs. Ottawa Senators - Feb. 7, 2017
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Calgary Flames - Feb. 15, 2017
Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks - Feb. 18, 2017
Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - Feb. 25, 2017
Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets - Feb. 28, 2017
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Edmonton Oilers - Mar. 10, 2017

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