The Edmonton Oilers will host their fifth annual Hockey TalksNight on March 10, 2017 when the Oilers face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Rogers Place, to encourage a conversation about mental health. Hockey Talks brings awareness to mental health and increases dialogue surrounding stigma and effective treatment.
The Oilers Hockey Talks event is part of a collective effort, with all Canadian National Hockey League (NHL) clubs, dedicating one of their game nights from January 25 to March 10 to bring awareness to mental health and encourage a dialogue.
The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) will be selling limited-edition, autographed Oilers pucks with player cards on the concourse for only $20 each. This in-game initiative will seek to encourage a conversation about mental health. Net proceeds will benefit the CASA Foundation Adolescent Day Program and the EOCF. The CASA Foundation is a major community-based provider of mental health services for infants, children, adolescents and their families within Edmonton and both Central and Northern Alberta.
Mental Health and Wellness Facts
On average, 1 in 5 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.
Mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada.
Approximately 70 per cent of mental health problems and illnesses have their onset during childhood or adolescence.
Stigma or discrimination attached to mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community.
Mental illnesses can be treated effectively. Identifying the signs early and getting connected to tools and support is the most important way to prevent problems from becoming worse.
Fans and supporters can join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #HockeyTalks.
*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.
For more information on mental health resources, contact:
211 (1-888-482-4696) or www.ab.211.ca Health Link Alberta - 780-408-5465 Mental Health Help Line - 1-877-303-2642 Distress Line - 780-482-4357 or 1-800-232-7288
The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is a proud supporter of Oil Country and has been contributing to our community's success since 2001. With a focus on programs that support health and wellness, education and minor hockey programming for youth, the Oilers Foundation is deeply committed to its goal of helping to enrich lives and eradicate social issues while finding long-term solutions to build strong, vibrant and safe communities.
Since its inception in 2001, the EOCF has contributed over $40 million to more than 2,900 charities, community groups and minor hockey programs throughout Northern Alberta. Thanks to the generosity of our valued hockey fans, Oilers players, the EOCF Board of Directors, Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) employees and the Katz Family, this past 2018-19 season, the Foundation had a record year of giving, donating $4.3 million to charities and minor hockey groups.
Looking ahead, the EOCF will continue its legacy of giving back and supporting the life-changing work being done in the community through diverse programs and partnerships.