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Edmonton Oilers Build Awareness For Mental Health and Wellness Through "Hockey Talks"

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton, AB - The Edmonton Oilers will host their third annual Hockey Talks day on February 21, 2015, to encourage a conversation about mental health. The Oilers will dedicate this game night to bringing awareness to mental health and offering fans the opportunity to get involved through social media. The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation will raise money during the game by selling limited-edition, signed hats on the concourse for $20. The funds raised will benefit the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for the creation of an “Oilers Family Room” and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.

The Oilers Hockey Talks event is part of an effort with the other Canadian NHL clubs. Each will dedicate one of their game nights from Jan. 27-Feb. 26 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.

Fans will also have the opportunity to lend their voices by downloading a Hockey Talks sign from the Oilers or one of the other participating clubs' websites and posting a picture via social media with the hashtag #HockeyTalks. The images will appear as part of an online mosaic to showcase a united voice.

The schedule for Hockey Talks night by the other Canadian NHL clubs is as follows:

Montreal Canadiens Dallas Stars Jan. 27
Ottawa Senators Dallas Stars Jan. 29
Calgary Flames Winnipeg Jets Feb. 2
Vancouver Canucks Boston Bruins Feb. 13
Toronto Maple Leafs Florida Panthers Feb. 17
Winnipeg Jets St. Louis Blues Feb. 26

Oilers netminder Ben Scrivens has been a leader in raising mental health awareness through numerous initiatives including the Ben’s Netminders program, sponsoring organizations focused on mental health to create special opportunities for people to attend Oilers games throughout the season, working with four Edmonton-area artists suffering with mental illness to design four different masks that will be auctioned off for charity, and the Bring Change 2 Mind StrongerThanStigma project to raise awareness around the unique challenges that men face when discussing mental health.

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