Rockets Talk Today
Trevor Nichols - Feb 17, 2017 - Get Involved

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The Kelowna Rockets and the Canadian Mental Health Association have teamed up to bring the community Talk Today, an event aimed at bringing awareness to the importance of mental health initiatives.

The event will take place Feb. 18, when the Rockets host the Prince George Cougars.

Talk Today is one of the most comprehensive mental health programs for amateur sports in Canada. It aims to promote positive mental health in young athletes, and spread awareness about the benefits of positive mental health across the country.

The event expanded last year thanks to a partnership between CMHA and the Canadian Hockey League. All 22 teams in the Western Hockey League are participating to create a suicide-safe network within their clubs.

Last November the CMHA in Kelowna provided safeTALK suicide alertness training to Rockets players. The course taught players how to recognize when their teammates and friends may be struggling with thoughts of suicide and how to best assist them in finding help.

“We are always thrilled when new community partnerships are formed,” says Aaryn Secker, Community Education Facilitator at CMHA Kelowna. “We know that athletes are under a lot of pressure, so it is important that they learn to pay attention to their mental health and know that it is okay to ask for help.”

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