(Greater Sudbury, ON, February 12, 2020) – The Sudbury Wolves have partnered with Canadian Mental Health Association – Sudbury/Manitoulin (CMHA-S/M) for a mental health awareness game February 23, 2020 at 2:00pm when the Sudbury Wolves take on the Ottawa 67’s at the Sudbury Arena.
The game day experience will have several features to promote the importance of mental health, including:
- A CMHA-run kiosk on the concourse where fans can learn more about mental health and the organization’s community-based services (lower lobby, behind souvenir shop)
- A ceremonial puck drop and photo opportunity with CMHA-S/M
- Videos featuring Sudbury Wolves players talking about the importance of mental health
- Public service announcements about mental health and CMHA-S/M
- A chance to win a Sudbury Wolves Team autographed stick
- Giveaway of stress pucks compliments of CMHA-S/M, for the first 1000 fans
This mental health awareness game is part of the Sudbury Wolves’ ongoing partnership with CMHA-S/M and its Talk Today program. Originally launched by CMHA Ontario in partnership with the Ontario Hockey League in 2014, Talk Today provides an important opportunity to address the mental health needs of athletes across Canada. Through this program, over 1,100 OHL players and over 400 coaches, billets and staff have received mental health and suicide prevention training across the league.
The key piece of the Talk Today program has been to educate players about mental health and suicide prevention. Each team is also linked to a CMHA mental health coach, who provides support and mental health resources to individuals in need. Additionally, CMHA experts work with players from the Sudbury Wolves to deliver an in-class presentation about mental wellness to elementary school students.
“We’re extremely grateful to partner with the Sudbury Wolves to host a Talk Today event to increase public awareness and to promote mental health in this community,” said Kayla Belanger, Health Promotion Coordinator with CMHA-S/M.
“We are very excited to partner with CMHA once again to promote the awareness of mental health in the Greater Sudbury community for the 6th annual event,” said Miranda Swain-Boivin, SWSE Marketing Manager. “It’s become a very important initiative for us to partner on and is very valuable to our players. We are looking forward to this year’s game.”
Tickets for the game are still available, starting from $19. For ticket information, contact https://sudburywolves.com/single-game-tickets.
About Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario:
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is a not-for-profit, charitable organization funded by the provincial Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. We work to improve the lives of all Ontarians through leadership, collaboration and continual pursuit of excellence in community-based mental health and addictions services. Our vision is a society that embraces and invests in the mental health of all people. We are a trusted advisor to government, contributing to health systems development through policy formulation and recommendations that promote positive mental health. Our 30 local CMHA branches, together with community-based mental health and addictions service providers across the province, serve approximately 500,000 Ontarians each year.
About the Ontario Hockey League:
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. Last season, more than nine million fans attended CHL games in the regular season, playoffs and at the Mastercard Memorial Cup. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U Sports than any other league. For more information, visit www.ontariohockeyleague.com.
Kayla Belanger Miranda Swain-Boivin
Health Promotion Coordinator SWSE Marketing Manager
CMHA Sudbury/Manitoulin Sudbury Wolves Hockey Club
705-675-7252 705-675-3941 ext. 2013