On Sunday, February 23, 2020 the Portland Winterhawks will host their annual Mental Health Night in partnership with Zoom+Care and local non-profit, Lines for Life.
The game will begin with an address from former Portland Winterhawk, Nic Petan who lost his father to mental illness in 2018. Petan will be featured in-game through video promotion from a TSN collaboration. An online auction will be set up with proceeds benefiting Canadian Mental Health Association in memory of Frac Petan. Items that will be included is are a Winterhawks game-work autographed Nic Petan jersey along with admission for two to the Petan Invitational Golf Tournament.
A ceremonial puck drop from Zoom+Care CMO, Erik Vanderlip, and YouthLine Volunteer, Cara Strauss. The concourse will feature a Lines for Life booth with information on how to get connected locally and a booth from Zoom+Care on their locations and resources within their company.
Proceeds from “chuck-a-puck” and our silent auction with items such as a Paul Bittner game-worn autographed jersey, 2019-2020 team signed Winterhawk helmet and game- worn autographed Johnny Ludvig helmet will benefit Lines for Life.
“At ZOOM+Care, mental health is one of our top priorities. As we continue to grow, we want to make mental healthcare as accessible as possible. We have equipped our team with all the resources and training they need, so they can be there for you when and where you need them,” Zoom+Care CMO, Erik Vanderlip,
The awareness campaign is part of the ongoing commitment by the Portland Winterhawks and Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) 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 Western Hockey League (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 CMHA Mental Health Coach, who provides support and mental health resources to individuals in need.
Zoom+Care, Lines for Life and the Portland Winterhawks are here for you. Mental Health doesn’t discriminate. We welcome our fans to reach out for help and find strength in talking. We are all one team.