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Jan 31, 2014

Ottawa Senators Foundation hosts fourth annual evening in support of youth mental health $53,087 raised at Bell Senators Hockey Talks Mental Health in support of D.I.F.D. presented by Ferguslea Properties Limited

OTTAWA - Bell, Ferguslea Properties Limited and the Ottawa Senators Foundation (@sensfoundation) are pleased to announce that $53,087 was raised during the Bell Senators Hockey Talks Mental Health in support of D.I.F.D. presented by Ferguslea Properties Limited.

The goal of Hockey Talks is to bring the topic of mental health to the forefront of the public realm and alleviate the misconceptions and stigmas often unfairly associated with mental illness. With the collaboration of all seven Canadian NHL clubs, the Hockey Talks message can have an extensive reach, connecting with citizens of all ages and backgrounds.

Funds raised at the event will be used to create a new initiative that will be targeted at supporting minor hockey league players of all ages and their team coaches, trainers and managers”, said Danielle Robinson, President and CEO of the Ottawa Senators Foundation. “We’re thrilled that the Richardson family, hockey community, sponsors and fans are eager to place their support with our organization and our history of making a difference with DIFD to inspire conversations about youth mental health in our community.”

Bell Let’s Talk is proud to once again partner with the Ottawa Senators Foundation to help increase awareness about youth mental health. Bell Senators Hockey Talks Mental Health in support of D.I.F.D is an important event that encourages discussion about mental illness," said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let's Talk. "Talking openly about mental health, as so many people across Canada did on Bell Let’s Talk Day on Tuesday, will help to end the stigma and improve Canada’s mental health.”

“We are so thankful for Hockey Talks Mental Health and the continued support by the Ottawa Senators’ and Bell Let’s Talk to D.I.F.D,” said Stephanie Richardson, Daron Richardson’s mother. “Through these types of partnerships, we can make mental health part of our regular conversations and help thousands of young people obtain the help they need.”

Fans will have another opportunity to support the Ottawa Senators Foundation/D.I.F.D. Hockey Talks Mental Health Initiative on Feb. 8, when the Binghamton Senators host the Hamilton Bulldogs in a special match-up at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.

A percentage of ticket sales as well as all merchandise sales at the Feb. 8 event will support youth mental health. To purchase individual tickets to this game please click here. To purchase group tickets to this event, please click here.

The Ottawa Senators Foundation supports mental health initiatives geared towards children and youth. Since 2009, the Ottawa Senators Foundation has pledged more than $1.5 million in support of charitable organizations focused on meeting the needs of families with children and youth suffering from mental illnesses.