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Talk Today Addresses Mental Health in Young Hockey Players

Talk Today: It is Ok to Ask for Help

Talk Today provides a platform to address mental health in young hockey players across the country. Originating in 2014 as a partnership between CMHA Ontario Division and the Ontario Hockey League, the program now spans the country and provides mental health training for players, coaching staff and billet families.

Every year CMHA Branches across the country visit various teams to provide safeTALK training, a 3 hour workshop that teaches suicide alertness skills via four basic steps that create a life-saving connection. The Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch (CMHA-WECB) provides training to the Windsor Spitfires, Flint Firebirds and Saginaw Spirit.

In addition to the training, the Talk Today program also provides each team with a designated CMHA Mental Health Coach to provide resources and supports for the players, as well as a local Mental Health Champion, who acts as an advocate on mental health issues within the community and helps players connect with their local CMHA Mental Health Coach.

Each team hosts a Talk Today game night in their community to show support for mental health awareness and programs. The Windsor Spitfires will host their Talk Today game night on February 6th. The CMHA-WECB will host an information table on the concourse before the game and during each intermission, as well as take part in the official puck drop ceremonies.

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch is the lead provider and advocate of specialized community mental health and addiction services integrated with comprehensive primary health care services. CMHA-WECB offers over 20 specialized mental health and addiction programs to serve those with moderate to severe mental illness. We work closely with a variety of community partners to ensure there is a continuum of services for individuals in need.

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