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#1 jono2009

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:58 AM

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Vancouver, B.C. - The Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets, with the support of the National Hockey League, are proud to announce Hockey Talks, a month-long initiative to increase dialogue and awareness about mental health and effective treatments. A game night in each respective city will be dedicated to Hockey Talks where each team will lend their voice to help encourage a national conversation about mental health and wellness.

The seven Canadian NHL teams recognize the importance of education and open dialogue on mental health and wellness at a national level. The goal of Hockey Talks is to bring this topic to the forefront in the public realm and alleviate misconceptions and stigma that has been unfairly associated with mental illness. With the collaboration of the seven Canadian hockey clubs, this message can have an extensive reach, connecting with citizens of all ages and backgrounds.

During the month of February, each Canadian team will raise awareness about mental health through in-arena messaging and online storytelling, sharing information and experiences at one of their home games. The programming and dialogue will provide information and an opportunity for fans to recognize mental health issues and better understand the challenges associated with mental illness and to connect those in need of support with mental health organizations. Fans are encouraged to join the conversation by sharing personal experiences or messages of support via social media with the hashtag #hockeytalks.

The Vancouver Canucks will host Hockey Talks on February 1, 2013 as they take on the Chicago Blackhawks. During the game, members of the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre Youth Ambassadors Program will enjoy the game from Lui’s Crease Club while representatives from Kelty and mindcheck.ca will be stationed at community corner in section 111 to distribute resources to fans. The Youth Ambassadors are comprised of youth with lived experience with mental health concerns engaged in reaching out to BC schools to help with mental health initiatives and teach BC school students how to access mindcheck.ca and other resources. Canucks players will don a Hockey Talks decal on their helmets for the entire month of February in support of this initiative. The Hockey Talks game night will also feature a ceremonial puck drop with Wes Rypien, brother of former Canuck Rick Rypien.

HOCKEY TALKS GAME NIGHTS

HOME TEAM VISITING TEAM DATE

Calgary Flames Los Angeles Kings Feb. 20, 2013

Edmonton Oilers Minnesota Wild Feb. 21, 2013

Montreal Canadiens Boston Bruins Feb. 6, 2013

Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs Feb. 23, 2013

Toronto Maple Leafs Boston Bruins Feb. 2, 2013

Vancouver Canucks Chicago Blackhawks Feb. 1, 2013

Winnipeg Jets Toronto Maple Leafs Feb. 7, 2013

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS

One in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness in their lifetime; it indirectly affects all Canadians at some point through a family member, friend or colleague. Stigma or discrimination attached to mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community.

Approximately 70% of mental health problems and illnesses have their onset during childhood or adolescence. Identifying the signs early and getting connected to tools and support is the most important way to prevent problems from becoming worse. Mental health problems and illnesses can be treated effectively.

MINDCHECK.CA

Mindcheck.ca features the personal accounts of Kevin Bieksa, interactive quizzes and information, and connections to resources and local services. To broaden the reach and increase public awareness and support for mental health issues, BC residents had the opportunity to add their video to the “In One Voice” campaign within the site by recording and uploading a pledge.

By enhancing mental health literacy this partnership has helped improve early recognition of mental health concerns, encourage the use of effective self‐care strategies, and facilitate navigation of mental health services in BC.

Mindcheck.ca was initially launched in spring 2010 as part of a Fraser Health early intervention pilot project for Youth and Young Adult Mental Health and Substance Use.


http://canucks.nhl.c...s.htm?id=653282
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#2 Raiun

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:33 AM

This is great. Mental health issues are really serious. It's great to see the Canadian hockey clubs banding together to raise awareness and get people actively engaged in mental health issues. There can never too much support for those in need, this is a step in the right direction.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:45 AM

This is great. Mental health issues are really serious. It's great to see the Canadian hockey clubs banding together to raise awareness and get people actively engaged in mental health issues. There can never too much support for those in need, this is a step in the right direction.

It is great.

I checked out mindcheck.ca for the first time today. I think it can be very helpful to people.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:51 AM

So happy that Ricks legacy continues on. He is never forgotten.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:15 PM

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:38 PM

Canucks will also be wearing "Hockey Talks" t-shirts after game and practice. Let's hope they sell these to the fans, I was so dissapointed to never get my hands on the RYP shirt, hope they bring them back.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:44 PM

Why not raise the awareness across the NHL, not just Canada..?
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 02:43 PM

Is this actually started because of Rypien because he deserves the legacy, what a great teammate he must have been. Heart of a llon
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 03:30 PM

Why not raise the awareness across the NHL, not just Canada..?


They plan to. I just heard TC Carling on 1040 for the second time today speaking about it.

(Let's just boost the awareness where we can instead of posing "why not" types of questions.)
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:10 PM

RIP RYP. :(
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 05:44 PM

Forever a Canuck Ryp!!!
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:54 PM

Great to see 37 making a huge difference!
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:36 PM

we need to get these shirts avaiable to the public show support
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:29 AM

This country is seriously lacking in resources for those suffering from forms of mental illness. The more that awareness is raised and outlets are provided, the more likely that the issues will start to be addressed and additional funding and programs made available.

Fully support any sort of discussion that brings this into the forefront.

Won't go into it again, but am walking the path with someone battling severe anxiety and depression. It is serious and not a passing mood that one can always just get over or control. Young people are afflicted, not just their parents (they seem to face a stigma with an "oh, what do you have to worry about?" mentality). Good job NHL but, mostly, Canucks. Ryp, your legacy lives on beyond your courage on the ice...it's tragic that this horrible condition claimed you, but we'll continue to remember that it was not in vain.
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:40 AM

This country is seriously lacking in resources for those suffering from forms of mental illness. The more that awareness is raised and outlets are provided, the more likely that the issues will start to be addressed and additional funding and programs made available.

Fully support any sort of discussion that brings this into the forefront.

Won't go into it again, but am walking the path with someone battling severe anxiety and depression. It is serious and not a passing mood that one can always just get over or control. Young people are afflicted, not just their parents (they seem to face a stigma with an "oh, what do you have to worry about?" mentality). Good job NHL but, mostly, Canucks. Ryp, your legacy lives on beyond your courage on the ice...it's tragic that this horrible condition claimed you, but we'll continue to remember that it was not in vain.


I agree. It seems that a lot of resources intended for community health is being reduced. Schools, health, seniors, homeless ect...
Thats why I always tip my hat to any hockey club that helps their cities. Thumbs up to juice, this guy needs a retired jersey for his work off the ice, at least a ring of honour spot.
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:45 PM

This country is seriously lacking in resources for those suffering from forms of mental illness. The more that awareness is raised and outlets are provided, the more likely that the issues will start to be addressed and additional funding and programs made available.

Fully support any sort of discussion that brings this into the forefront.

Won't go into it again, but am walking the path with someone battling severe anxiety and depression. It is serious and not a passing mood that one can always just get over or control. Young people are afflicted, not just their parents (they seem to face a stigma with an "oh, what do you have to worry about?" mentality). Good job NHL but, mostly, Canucks. Ryp, your legacy lives on beyond your courage on the ice...it's tragic that this horrible condition claimed you, but we'll continue to remember that it was not in vain.


Agreed 100%.

Awareness leads to understanding and acceptance. Those are all key to fighting the battle against mental illness.
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