Medicine Hat, AB – The Medicine Hat Tigers and Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), SE AB Branch are teaming up to raise awareness about the importance of mental health during an upcoming Medicine Hat Tigers home game.
The Medicine Hat Tigers game on Friday, February 9th, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. will feature:
- A CMHA-run kiosk so fans can learn more about mental health
- Videos featuring Medicine Hat Tigers players talking about the importance of mental health
- Public address announcements about mental health
The awareness campaign is part of the ongoing commitment by the Medicine Hat Tigers and CMHA SE AB Branch to implement Talk Today. Talk Today provides mental health support to players and raises awareness about mental health and suicide prevention throughout communities across the Western Hockey League.
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 a CMHA Mental Health Coach, who provides support and mental health resources to individuals in need.
“We are very excited about our partnership with the Medicine Hat Tigers and the WHL,” said Erin Reeder, Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator, CMHA SE AB Region. “We need to think about our mental health the way we do with our physical health. This partnership is a perfect example of that.”
“Our partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association through the Canadian Hockey League is crucial for the mental wellbeing of our athletes,” Erin Schwab, Medicine Hat Tigers. “We hope by educating our players, staff and fans we can help those struggling with mental health issues and let them help know there is someone listening at all times.”
Tickets for the game are still available online at Ticketmaster or in person at the Canalta Centre Box Office.