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Islanders teaming up with the Canadian Mental Health Association

January 30, Charlottetown – The Charlottetown Islanders and Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), P.E.I. Division Branch are teaming up to raise awareness about the importance of mental health during an upcoming Islanders home game.

The Islanders game on Feb. 1 at 7:00 will feature:

  • A CMHA-run kiosk so fans can learn more about mental health
  • Videos featuring Islanders players talking about the importance of mental health
  • Public address announcements about mental health

The awareness campaign is part of the ongoing commitment by the Islanders and CMHA P.E.I. Division to implement Talk Today. Talk Today provides mental health support to players and raises awareness about mental health and suicide prevention throughout communities across the QMJHL.

A key piece of the Talk Today program has been to educate players about mental health and suicide prevention. Every team has received mental health training specific to suicide prevention. Each team is also now linked to a CMHA Mental Health Coach, who provides support and mental health resources to individuals in need.

“Because of the calibre of the athletes playing in the QMJHL, it may, at times, be lost on us that these are just young men, living away from home, adapting to a new city, province, or even a new country. The Talk Today program provides the players with local supports should they ever find themselves struggling with the stressors that come with their youth and athletic success. The excellent partnership between the Charlottetown Islanders and CMHA-PEI demonstrates the strength of the Talk Today Program.”  said Amanda Brazil, Director, Programs and Policy manager for CMHA P.E.I Division.

“Our recent partnership with CMHA via the Talk Today program and other ventures has proven to be an invaluable element of our program. As we learn more about the scope and depth of mental health issues, we realize how important it is to have the support of trained professionals to help guide us through our challenges. Having the ability to talk, openly and honestly, in a non – judgmental environment about our thoughts and emotions has helped alleviate the stigma that may have previously existed in our room. We trust and value our relationship with CMHA and look forward to continuing to work together in our efforts to educate others on the importance of talking and seeking help when faced with life’s many challenges,” said Jim Hulton, Head Coach and General Manager of the Charlottetown Islanders.

For ticket information, contact the EastLink Centre Box office at 902-629-6625 or go online to Eastlinkcentrepei.com. Read more about Talk Today.

 

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