#HockeyTalks: Will You Listen?
The Vancouver Canucks will host their second annual Hockey Talks day tomorrow on January 7th, 2014.
Canucks Hockey Talks day is a collective effort with each of the Canadian NHL clubs. The Vancouver Canucks along with the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets will each dedicate one of their home game nights in January to raising awareness and addressing the stigma associated with mental illness. The ultimate goal of Hockey Talks is to encourage a nation-wide conversation about mental health, try to stop the stigma wrongly associated with mental illness, provide information to fans suffering from a mental illness and connect those in need with support.
Hockey Talks Game Nights
- Pittsburgh Penguins at Vancouver Canucks January 7th, 2014
- Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton Oilers January 21st, 2014
- Nashville Predators at Calgary Flames January 24th, 2014
- Carolina Hurricanes at Montreal Canadiens January 28th, 2014
- Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs January 28th, 2014
- Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets January 28th, 2014
- Tampa Bay Lightning at Ottawa Senators January 30th, 2014
Facts and Figures
- Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend of colleague.
- 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
- Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds and 16% among 25-44 year olds.
- Out of all mental illnesses, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate.
- Stigma or discrimination attached to mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community.
- When injured, hockey players ask and get help. Mental health should be no different. Asking for help is vital.
The Vancouver Canucks continue to stand behind the fight against mental illness, and so should you.