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Mississauga Steelheads to Host Mental Health Awareness Game in Partnership with CMHA Peel Dufferin, Presented by Teachers Life

February 19, 2020 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Mississauga Steelheads News Release

MISSISSAUGA, ON - The Mississauga Steelheads have partnered with Canadian Mental Health Association, Peel Dufferin for a mental health awareness game Sunday February 23rd, presented by Teachers Life, when the Mississauga Steelheads take on the Barrie Colts at Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

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

A ceremonial puck drop and photo opportunity with CMHA Peel Dufferin

Videos featuring Mississauga Steelheads players talking about the importance of mental health

Public service announcements about mental health and CMHA Peel Dufferin

Mental health signs for fans to write on and show in unison at a designated stoppage in play

This mental health awareness game is part of the Mississauga Steelheads' ongoing partnership with CMHA Peel Dufferin and its Talk Today program, presented by Teachers Life. 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 1,100 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 Mississauga Steelheads to deliver a basic in-class presentation about mental wellness to elementary school students.

"We're extremely grateful to partner with the Mississauga Steelheads to host a Talk Today event to increase public awareness and to promote mental health in this community. As the nationwide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness. At our CMHA Peel Dufferin Branch, we offer services to anyone 16 and over experiencing an addictions or mental health crisis, seniors with dementia, those navigating the court systems, people who are homeless or facing imminent homelessness and family and caregivers. If we don't have a service that suits a client, we know who does and we show them the way. Our goal is always mental health for all," said David Smith, CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Dufferin"

Tickets for the game are still available, starting from $19. For ticket information, contact please visit the Box Office, purchase online through ticketmaster.ca or by calling 905-502-9100.


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