Wildcats team up with CMHA to host Mental Health Awareness Game on Sunday

MONCTON N.B.  – The Moncton Wildcats and the Canadian Mental Health Association of New Brunswick (CMHA of NB) in Moncton  are teaming up to raise awareness about the importance of mental health during the Wildcats upcoming home game on Sunday February 18th at 3:00 p.m. vs. the Rimouski Oceanic.

The Wildcats game on Sunday will feature:

  • A CMHA of NB run kiosk will start a mental health conversation with fans, and will also have a wealth of information about mental health and mental health programs available at the CMHA of NB Moncton office.
  • Public address announcements about mental health
  • A ceremonial puck drop with special guests to kick off our #TalkToday game.

“As young athletes grow and foster in their sport, mental health awareness is a key component to understanding their own mental health and recognizing potential mental health issues amongst their team mates and peers”, says Christa Baldwin, Executive Director of CMHA of NB.  “#TalkToday gives players, coaches, staff, parents, billet parents and those involved in the sporting community the opportunity to discuss mental health and wellness, with a high focus engaging in suicide prevention conversations.  We know that sports can be stressful and the expectations high, so having an awareness of one’s mental well-being sets them up for healthy and supportive relationships.”

The awareness campaign is part of the ongoing commitment by the Moncton Wildcats and CMHA of NB in Moncton branch 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.

We look forward to seeing you all at the game Sunday for our Talk Today game as we look to help increase public awareness, eliminate the stigma, and help to encourage the discussion in the community surrounding mental health.

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