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CMHA’s Talk Today program celebrating 10th season in junior hockey


With the 2023-24 junior hockey season underway, Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington and CMHA branches across the country are celebrating a major milestone – the 10th season of their sports mental health program, Talk Today.

One of the most comprehensive mental health awareness and suicide prevention programs for amateur sports in Canada, Talk Today aims to promote suicide prevention, the mental health of young athletes and to spread awareness about the benefits of positive mental health throughout communities across Canada.

Launched in 2014 as a partnership with the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Talk Today has since expanded into the top two levels of junior hockey nationally – the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), including the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League, as well as eight member Jr. A leagues in the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL). Beyond junior hockey, local CMHAs have also established partnerships with several post-secondary, minor and community-based sports organizations through Talk Today.

“Talk Today wouldn’t be celebrating this milestone without the dedication and leadership of CMHA branches who facilitate this program through local partnerships with teams across the country,” said CMHA Ontario CEO Camille Quenneville. “We’re also grateful for our hockey partnerships that have been a driving force for this program since the beginning. We’re so proud of what Talk Today has become and so many people have had a hand in getting the program to this point.”

“As a founding partner of Talk Today, it’s incredible to see the program reach its 10th season in junior hockey, and inspiring to see its growth across Canada,” said OHL commissioner David Branch. “Congratulations to CMHA Ontario and the local branches around the country that support this initiative. The OHL is very thankful for your partnership over the years.”

Since 2014, 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 cultures of openness within athlete support networks. 

In addition to mental health education, local Talk Today partnerships between CMHA branches and sports organizations provide athletes with connections to community supports through a dedicated mental health coach, as well as opportunities to raise mental health awareness through community events. In junior hockey, February is Talk Today month, during which teams and CMHAs bring attention to mental health through awareness games and social media content.

For more information about Talk Today, visit, and subscribe to the new Talk Today podcast on your preferred podcast app.

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