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February 8, 2019
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
The Guelph Storm have partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Waterloo Wellington for a mental health awareness game on Friday February 8, 2019 when the Guelph Storm take on the Sarnia Sting at the Sleeman Centre.
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 and photo opportunity with CMHA Waterloo Wellington
- Videos featuring Guelph Storm players talking about the importance of mental health
- Public service announcements about mental health and CMHA Waterloo Wellington
- Mental health signs for fans to write on and show in unison at a designated stoppage in play
This mental health awareness game is part of the Guelph Storms’ ongoing partnership with CMHA Waterloo Wellington and its Talk Today program. Originally launched by CMHA Ontario in partnership with the Ontario Hockey League in 2014, Talk Today provides an important opportunity to address the mental health needs of athletes across Canada. Through this program, over 1,000 OHL players and over 400 coaches, billets and staff have received mental health and suicide prevention training across the league.
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. Additionally, CMHA experts work with players from the Guelph Storm to deliver an in-class presentation about mental wellness to elementary school students.
“Talk Today provides mental health support and raises suicide awareness among the Guelph Storm organization and throughout the OHL. By hosting this event, the Guelph Storm are helping eliminate the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues and encouraging discussion within the community about mental health,” said Fred Wagner, executive director of CMHA Waterloo Wellington.
“Partnering with the Canadian Mental Health Association makes perfect sense for our club. We are proud to be part of the Talk Today program, and the skills that our players are learning are ones they will carry for life. This is about much more than just hockey,” said Rick Gaetz, Guelph Storm Partner and Governor.
Read more about Talk Today.