The Ontario Hockey League, in association with the Canadian Mental Health Association, and Teachers Life, are teaming up to raise awareness about the importance of mental health during upcoming OHL games throughout the month of February.
The awareness campaign is part of the ongoing commitment by OHL clubs, local CMHA Ontario Branches, and presenting sponsor Teachers Life, to implement Talk Today. Launched in October 2014, Talk Today provides mental health support to players and raises awareness about mental health and suicide throughout OHL communities.
A key piece of the Talk Today program has been to educate players about mental health and suicide. Players on all 20 OHL teams have received mental health training specific to suicide awareness called safeTALK. This training helps teach individuals the importance of talking about mental health, how to acknowledge signs of suicide, seek help when they’re in need of support, and connect others in need of support to suicide first aid resources.
Since its inception, Talk Today has made a sizable impact in the OHL with over 1,000 players, and over 400 coaches, billets, and staff receiving mental health and suicide prevention training to date. The partnership has expanded to include a mental health awareness seminar as part of the OHL/OHF Under-15 Program of Excellence since April, 2015, and is in the third season of a partnership with all 60 teams across the Canadian Hockey League. In conjunction with Teachers Life for a third straight season, OHL clubs continue to work alongside their local CMHA Ontario Branches for in-school visits communicating personal messages about mental health and stress management.
Talk Today awareness games will take place in all 20 OHL markets with the support of their local CMHA Ontario Branch. Presented by Teachers Life in 16 different OHL communities, fans can learn more about Talk Today and other CMHA programs and services at concourse displays, through public address and video announcements in venue, and look for mental health awareness messaging all month on social media using #TalkToday.
2019 OHL and CMHA Game Night Schedule:
February 1 at Kingston Frontenacs with CMHA Kingston
February 1 at Kitchener Rangers with CMHA Waterloo-Wellington-Dufferin
February 6 at Erie Otters with CMHA Niagara
February 7 at North Bay Battalion with CMHA Nipissing
February 7 at Peterborough Petes with CMHA Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge
February 8 at Guelph Storm with CMHA Waterloo-Wellington-Dufferin
February 8 at Mississauga Steelheads with CMHA Peel
February 9 at Barrie Colts with CMHA Simcoe County
February 9 at Hamilton Bulldogs with CMHA Hamilton
February 9 at Saginaw Spirit with CMHA Windsor-Essex County
February 10 at Sudbury Wolves with CMHA Sudbury-Manitoulin
February 13 at London Knights with CMHA Middlesex
February 14 at Windsor Spitfires with CMHA Windsor-Essex County
February 15 at Flint Firebirds with CMHA Windsor-Essex County
February 17 at Niagara IceDogs with CMHA Niagara
February 17 at Ottawa 67’s with CMHA Ottawa
February 22 at Sarnia Sting with CMHA Lambton Kent
February 23 at Owen Sound Attack with CMHA Grey Bruce
February 24 at Oshawa Generals with CMHA Durham
February 27 at Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds with CMHA Sault Ste. Marie
For more information about upcoming OHL and CMHA game nights please contact OHL clubs or the appropriate CMHA Ontario Branch.
For more information about the #TalkToday program visit ontariohockeyleague.com/talktoday.