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CMHA Kelowna’s partnership with the West Kelowna Warriors continued last week with volunteers attending a game to cheer on the team and sell pucks to raise funds for mental health programs and services. The partnership is part of the BC-wide #TalkToday initiative encouraging athletes to be more aware of their mental health and seek help when they have concerns.
Previously, our community education facilitators have provided presentations to players and families (including billet families) on mental health, stigma reduction, and how to have those conversations with each other. We look forward to future educational opportunities with the West Kelowna Warriors.
Want to learn more? Check out Myles Matilla, Youth Ambassador for CMHA Kelowna, in this great #TalkToday video:
On Tuesday the Canadian Mental Health Association and the B.C. Hockey League announced their new initiative, Talk Today, which offers confidential support to players in need.
“It’s really about taking down, taking away that shame and the stigma so that young people can reach out for help,” said Canadian Mental Health Association CEO Bev Gutray.
(This story re-posted from CBC News. Read the full story, including player interviews, here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/mental-health-hockey-1.3259777)