The Portland Winterhawks are teaming up with Lines for Life, a local organization centered on prevention of substance abuse and suicide, to raise awareness about the importance of mental health during an upcoming Winterhawks home game.
The Winterhawks will host their Talk Today game, part of a greater initiative through both the Western Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League, on February 10th when the Hawks take on the Spokane Chiefs in the Moda Center. The game will feature:
The awareness campaign is part of the ongoing commitment by the Winterhawks, Lines for Life, and the Canadian Mental Health Association to implement Talk Today, a program that provides mental health support to players and raises awareness about mental health and suicide prevention throughout communities across the WHL.
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 Mental Health Coach, who provides support and mental health resources to individuals in need.
“Mental illness will affect 1 out of 5 people at some time in their lives; yet people are often afraid to ask for help,” says Lines for Life’s Crisis Line Director, Greg Borders. “We are so excited that the Winterhawks are not only putting a spotlight on mental health awareness, but are also learning how to identify the signs and symptoms of suicide themselves and connect people to help.”
“Mental health awareness is extremely important across the many communities that make up the Canadian Hockey League for both players and fans alike,” said Portland Winterhawks President Doug Piper. “For this reason, we’re proud to begin this partnership with Lines for Life as part of the Talk Today initiative to help destigmatize mental illness.”
Winterhawks group tickets and packages are on sale now, visit winterhawks.com for full details on pricing and availability.
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