Medicine Hat, AB — On Wednesday night against the Victoria Royals the Medicine Hat Tigers in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association hosted their first annual #TalkToday game night. The night was there to promote the fight against mental health and all fans in attendance were encouraged to visit the Canadian Mental Health Association kiosk on the main concourse to find out more information about speaking out.
Talk Today helps address an important concern of which hockey players are not immune. The number of 12- to 19-year-olds at risk for depression is a staggering 3.2 million. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for young Canadians between the ages of 10 and 24. And 70 per cent of mental health problems are onset during childhood or adolescence.
Throughout the game Tiger fans on social media and in attendance were treated to personalized messages from Tigers players David Quenneville, Gary Haden and Dalton Gally about the importance of speaking out against mental health.
A key piece of the Talk Today program has been to educate players about mental health and suicide prevention. Every team has received mental health training specific to suicide prevention. Each team is also now linked to CMHA Mental Health Coach, who provides support and mental health resources to individuals in need.
The Canadian Hockey League’s partnership with the WHL and the Talk Today is in it’s 1st year and will continue to progress forward as we battle these issues.
Thank you to all Tiger fans who took part in Wednesday night’s festivities and remember to #speakout against mental health by visiting www.cmha-aser.com