Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Canucks will host their third annual Hockey Talks day on February 13, 2015, to encourage a conversation about mental health. The Canucks will dedicate this game night to bringing awareness to mental health and offering fans the opportunity to get involved through social media. The Canucks Hockey Talks event is part of an effort with the other Canadian NHL clubs 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 Canucks 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 hosted by each Canadian Club is as follows:
HOCKEY TALKS GAME NIGHTS
|Montreal Canadiens||Dallas Stars||Jan. 27, 2015|
|Ottawa Senators||Dallas Stars||Jan. 29, 2015|
|Calgary Flames||Winnipeg Jets||Feb. 2, 2015|
|Vancouver Canucks||Boston Bruins||Feb. 13, 2015|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||Florida Panthers||Feb. 17, 2015|
|Edmonton Oilers||Anaheim Ducks||Feb. 21, 2015|
|Winnipeg Jets||St. Louis Blues||Feb 26, 2015|
As part of the ongoing efforts of the Hockey Talks program to encourage a national conversation about mental health, fans will have the opportunity to lend their voice through social media.
Hockey Talks signs are available to print off below. Fans are then encouraged to take a photo with the sign and post to social media with the hashtag #HockeyTalks.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, stigma or discrimination attached to mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community.
By showcasing your support for mental health awareness, we hope to begin to help alleviate misconceptions and stigma. Together we want to create an environment that makes everyone comfortable to reach out, listen, talk or find help.
For more information on mental health care resources, please visit mindcheck.ca and/or consult with a physician.
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 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.
Mindcheck.ca features the personal accounts of Kevin Bieksa, interactive quizzes and information, and connections to resources and local services. To broaden the reach and increase public awareness and support for mental health issues, BC residents had the opportunity to add their video to the “In One Voice” campaign within the site by recording and uploading a pledge.
By enhancing mental health literacy this partnership has helped improve early recognition of mental health concerns, encourage the use of effective self‐care strategies, and facilitate navigation of mental health services in BC.
Mindcheck.ca was initially launched in spring 2010 as part of a Fraser Health early intervention pilot project for Youth and Young Adult Mental Health and Substance Use.