The Owen Sound Attack have a long standing partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association of Grey Bruce, in which they help promote mental health initiatives through season long school visits and the league wide partnership that would normally include game night activities and in arena promotion. Like most this right now, this years looks a lot different.
Despite the empty schedule, the Ontario Hockey League, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association believes the circumstances we find ourselves in only serve to heighten the importance of raising mental health awareness while providing valuable resources as we navigate through these challenging times.
Throughout the month of February, the OHL and its member teams including the Attack will be sharing valuable mental health tips and encouraging messages from players and staff across the League on websites and social media channels. A donation link has also been set up on the Attacks homepage for those who would like to support CMHA Grey Bruce in funding their programming.
“Mental health is a major issue in every community right now” said Attack Manager of Marketing and Communications Greg Hoddinott. “It is important for us to continue the work we have done with CMHA and try to promote their messaging and tools in every way we can.
“Our players are not immune to these types of struggles. If they can see the programs that are available and potentially help someone else in our community get help that is a real win-win for everyone” added Hoddinott.
Launched in October 2014, Talk Today provides mental health support to players and raises awareness about mental health and suicide throughout OHL communities.
Since its inception, Talk Today has made a sizeable impact in the OHL with over 1300 players along with more than 500 coaches, billets and staff taking part in safeTALK suicide prevention workshops. These sessions help teach the importance of talking about mental health, how to recognize signs of suicide, and how to seek help or connect with others in need of support resources.
February is CHMA Talk Today Month across the OHL as the League, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, will be teaming up to raise awareness about the importance of mental health.
For more information and resources from our great partners at the Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario, visit ontario.cmha.ca.