SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs and the Canadian Mental Health Association of New Brunswick (CMHA of NB) in Saint John are teaming up to raise awareness about the importance of mental health at the Sea Dogs Saturday, February 9th home game against the Charlottetown Islanders at 7PM.
CMHA of NB will participate in a ceremonial face-off prior to puck drop. A CMHA of NB information table will also be set up behind Section H on the Harbour Station concourse where fans can learn more about mental health.
The awareness campaign is part of the ongoing commitment by the Sea Dogs and CMHA of NB to implement #TalkToday. #TalkToday provides mental health support to players and raises awareness about mental health and suicide prevention throughout communities across the Canadian Hockey League.
CMHA has been a champion for mental health since 1950 in New Brunswick. It helps more than 60,000 people annually.
A key piece of the #TalkToday 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.
“As young athletes grow and foster in their sport, mental health awareness is a key component to understanding their own mental health and recognizing potential mental health issues amongst their team mates and peers,” said Christa Baldwin, Executive Director of CMHA of NB. “#TalkToday gives players, coaches, staff, parents, billet parents and those involved in the sporting community the opportunity to discuss mental health and wellness, with a high focus engaging in suicide prevention conversations. We know that sports can be stressful and the expectations high, so having an awareness of one’s mental well-being sets them up for healthy and supportive relationships.”
“We’re proud to partner with CMHA of NB on this very important initiative,” said Sea Dogs President and General Manager Trevor Georgie. “Our student athletes face unique challenges on and off the ice every day. They are role models who have a positive influence on fans throughout the Saint John region, with an emphasis on young supporters. By hosting this event, we want to help end the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues and encourage dialogue in the community about mental health.”
Tickets for the game are available at the Harbour Station Box Office and online.