Canucks build Awareness for Mental Health and Wellness through hockey talks

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January 2, 2014, Vancouver, B.C. (ISN) – The Vancouver Canucks will host their second annual Hockey Talks day on January 7, 2014, seeking to encourage a national conversation about mental health.

During the Canucks game versus the Pittsburgh Penguins, in-game videos will share information about the program, with further details available from representatives of the Canadian Mental Health Association in section 326 and Mindcheck.ca in section 111 at Rogers Arena.

Canucks Hockey Talks is part of a collective effort, with each of the Canadian NHL clubs dedicating one of their game nights in January to raising awareness and addressing 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.

This year, fans are encouraged to join the conversation by downloading a Hockey Talks sign and posting a picture via social media with the hashtag #hockeytalks. Signs will be available on Canucks.com.

Sedin Corner at Rogers Arena will host a group from Mindcheck.ca for the game January 7th. Canucks players will wear a Hockey Talks decal on their helmet in January and will continue the conversation throughout the month of January through online storytelling and social media.

The schedule for Hockey Talks night hosted by each Canadian Club is as follows: 

HOCKEY TALKS GAME NIGHTS

HOME TEAM                 VISITING TEAM           DATE
Calgary Flames             Nashville Predators      Jan. 24, 2014
Edmonton Oilers           Vancouver Canucks      Jan. 21, 2014
Montreal Canadiens       Carolina Hurricanes     Jan. 28, 2014
Ottawa Senators           Tampa Bay Lightning    Jan. 30, 2014
Toronto Maple Leafs      Tampa Bay Lightning    Jan. 28, 2014
Vancouver Canucks      Pittsburgh Penguins      Jan. 7, 2014
Winnipeg Jets               Nashville Predators       Jan. 28, 2014

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
One in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness in their lifetime; mental health problems or illnesses also indirectly affect many 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 per cent 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
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. 

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