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Attack to Host Otters in #TalkToday Game this Saturday

February 21, 2019 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Owen Sound Attack News Release

The Owen Sound Attack have partnered with Canadian Mental Health Association, Grey Bruce, for a mental health awareness game Saturday, February 23rd at 7:30 p.m, when the Attack take on the Erie Otters at the Bayshore.

The game day experience will have several features to promote the importance of mental health, including:

A CMHA-run kiosk on the concourse where fans can learn more about mental health and the organization's community-based services

Raffle draw for a signed Attack Jersey and Hockey Stick

Videos featuring Attack players talking about the importance of mental health

Public service announcements about mental health and CMHA Grey Bruce

Talk Today cheer cards for fans to write on their own messages of mental health wellness to show in unison at a designated stoppage in play

This mental health awareness game is part of the Attack's ongoing partnership with CMHA Grey Bruce and its Talk Today program. Originally launched by CMHA Ontario in partnership with the Ontario Hockey League in 2014, Talk Today provides an important opportunity to address the mental health needs of athletes across Canada. Through this program, over 1,000 OHL players and over 400 coaches, billets and staff have received mental health and suicide prevention training across the league.

The key piece of the Talk Today program has been to educate players about mental health and suicide prevention. Each team is also linked to a CMHA mental health coach, who provides support and mental health resources to individuals in need. Additionally, CMHA experts work with players from the Attack to deliver an in-class presentation about mental wellness to elementary school students.

"Talk Today has been a game changer in raising awareness in rinks across Ontario about good mental health as well as mental health programs and services throughout Grey Bruce" said Jackie Ralph, Youth Awareness and Education Coordinator of CMHA Grey Bruce.

"The Owen Sound Attack support positive mental health and are proud to be participating in a game that is going to increase the reach and awareness regarding mental health, especially with young fans." said Allan Gibbons, Coordinator of Communications and Community Relations for the Attack.

Tickets for Saturday night's game are limited, but the CMHA Grey Bruce has specially priced tickets available as a fundraiser for their youth awareness program.

Read more about Talk Today at http://ontariohockeyleague.com/talktoday/


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