02/19/20, SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Canadian Mental Health Association of New Brunswick are teaming up to raise awareness about the importance of mental health during an upcoming Sea Dogs home game.
The Sea Dogs game on February 23rd at 3pm will feature:
- A local CMHA-run kiosk so fans can learn more about mental health
- Public address announcements about mental health
- Proceeds from ticket sales supporting the Maddy Murphy Memorial Fund
The awareness campaign is part of the ongoing commitment by the QMJHL, Saint John Sea Dogs, Canadian Mental Health Association, and l’Association québécoise de prévention du suicide 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 QMJHL.
A key piece of the Talk Today 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 Mental Health Coach, who provides support and mental health resources to individuals in need.
“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.”
“CMHA would like to commend the league and its teams for their commitment to promoting mental health. By participating in Talk Today, they are helping educate athletes and their families about mental health, and encouraging them to talk about it openly. Mental health is everyone’s concern” said Geneviève Fecteau, Executive Director, CMHA Québec Division and Montréal Branch.
Sunday’s game is also raising funds for the Maddy Murphy Memorial Fund. The Maddy Murphy Memorial Fund’s vision is to, “support Mental Health in our surrounding communities by shedding light, awareness and education to end the stigma of mental health. All in the name of Maddy, to make a positive out of a tragedy.” Maddy Murphy, a native of Quispamsis, NB was an avid hockey player and star athlete with close ties to the Saint John Sea Dogs, where she worked at the team’s store and to TD Station where she worked as an usher. Fans can show their support for Maddy and the Maddy Murphy Memorial Fund by using the hashtag ‘#MM81’, the number she wore as a member of Team New Brunswick while participating at the Canada Games.
Tickets for the game are still available and can be purchased at the TD Station Box Office and at Rocky’s Sports Bar, East Side Mario’s, Grannan’s and the Saint John Ale House.