Talk Today Game Night Supported by Brandt Set for Sunday, January 29
January 27, 2023 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Regina Pats News Release
Regina, Sask. - The Regina Pats Hockey Club is once again teaming up with the Regina branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to promote positive mental health with their annual Talk Today Game Night. And this year, Brandt is supporting the game to create a unique fan experience with some exciting ways to support the cause.
This year's Talk Today game will be played on Sunday, January 29 at 4 p.m. against the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Fans in attendance can look forward to a number of unique activations, including:
- A 50/50 jackpot, seeded by Brandt that starts at $50,000, with half of the total monies raised going to CMHA Regina
- Thundersticks available for free at the door, compliments of Brandt
- A CMHA-run kiosk for fans to learn more about CMHA mental health resources available
- A raffle draw for a chance to win a team-signed jersey, with all monies raised going to CMHA Regina
- Videos featuring Pats players speaking about the importance of mental health
The 50/50 raffle will begin online starting at the usual time: 9 a.m. on the day of the game (Sunday) and end at 5:30 p.m. To purchase your tickets online on Sunday, head to reginapats.com/505050K.
"Brandt looks forward to bringing unique elements to our game night every year," said Matt Semple, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Brandt. "But this year is even more special for us because of the partnership with CMHA Regina. We look forward to a packed house cheering on the Pats and raising awareness and funds for such an important cause!"
Talk Today has become one of the most comprehensive mental health programs for amateur sports in Canada. Its aim is to promote the mental health of young athletes and to spread awareness about the benefits of positive mental health throughout communities across the country.
"The Regina Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association is extremely thrilled to once again partner with the Regina Pats and Brandt in hosting this Talk Today event to increase public awareness and promote mental health within our community," said Shannon Patton, Director of Community Engagement, CMHA Regina Branch. "Talk Today provides mental health support and raises suicide awareness within the Regina Pats organization and throughout the WHL and CHL. The awareness game this Sundayis another great opportunity to educate the public and generate conversation with the hope of diminishing the stigma that most often surrounds mental illness."
Since 2016, the WHL and its teams have partnered with CMHA branches across Western Canada to provide mental health education and support to all players, coaches, parents, billets, and team staff across the League. This program has become a valuable platform for CMHA branches, teams, and individual players to encourage open discussion about mental health within the hockey community and broader public.
"The Regina Pats are very proud of our relationship with the CMHA and support the important work they are doing with our team, the city of Regina and across the country," said Pats CEO Gord Pritchard. "We are happy to play a part in helping destigmatize issues related to mental health and we look forward to another opportunity to collaborate this weekend."
Approximately one in five youths struggle with mental health. In Canada, suicide is the second-leading cause of death among youth and young adults between 15-34 years. Unfortunately, because of the stigma and discrimination that surround mental health issues, many don't seek the help they need when they need it most. This Talk Today event aims to combat stigma by starting a conversation around mental health and encouraging people to seek help when they need it.
Fans can donate to CMHA, ReginaBranch by visiting cmharegina.com/donors. Read more about Talk Today:cmha.ca/programs-services/talk-today/
Sunday's game is already nearing a sell out, so fans are encouraged to grab their tickets before it's too late by visiting www.reginapats.com/tickets or swinging by the Pats Business Office at 1463 Albert St, which is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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