Tigers to host mental health awareness game in partnership with CMHA
The Medicine Hat Tigers have partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association for a mental health awareness game on February 17th (7 PM) when the Tigers take on the Saskatoon Blades at Co-op Place.
The game day experience will have several features to promote the importance of mental health, including:
- A CMHA run kiosk on the concourse where fans can learn more about mental health and the organization’s community-based services
- A ceremonial puck drop
- Videos featuring Medicine Hat Tigers players talking about the importance of mental health
- Public service announcements about mental health and CMHA.
This mental health awareness game is part of the Tigers’ ongoing partnership with CMHA and its Talk Today program.
This season, Talk Today is celebrating a major milestone – its 10th season of supporting junior hockey. Since its launch in 2014, Talk Today has provided an important opportunity to address the mental health needs of hockey players and other athletes across Canada. From 2014 through the 2022-23 season, nearly 8,600 individuals have received mental health and suicide awareness training through the program. The vast majority of individuals trained are athletes (7,598), but coaches (381), staff (217), billets and parents (400) have also participated in training, helping to create a culture of openness within athlete support networks.
The key piece of the Talk Today program has been to educate players about mental health and suicide prevention. Each team is also linked to a CMHA mental health coach, who provides support and mental health resources to individuals in need.
“Mental wellness is a vital component of everyone’s overall health. By partnering with the Medicine Hat Tigers, we are able to not only empower young athletes to foster positive mental health and to learn more about suicide prevention, but extend the impact of that learning to our community. We are proud to continue partnering with the Tigers for the Talk Today program and game day event.”, said Breanne Mellen, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Canadian Mental Health Association
Tickets for the game are still available. For ticket information, head to tixx.ca.
For more information on the Talk Today program, visit www.talktoday.ca.