Bell Hockey Talks in supoort of D.I.F.D.

Ottawa Senators Foundation to build awareness for Youth Mental Health and Wellness through Hockey Talks in support of D.I.F.D.

The Ottawa Senators and Ottawa Senators Foundation will host their second annual Hockey Talks day on January 30, seeking to encourage a national conversation about youth mental health through Do It For Daron (D.I.F.D.) and look to inspire conversations and educate fans on the topic of youth mental health while raising funds for the one in five Ontarians under the age of 17 who suffer from a mental health disorder.
The Ottawa Senators Hockey Talks event is part of a collective effort, with all of the Canadian NHL clubs dedicating one of their game nights in January to bringing awareness to this topic in an attempt to alleviate misconceptions and stigma that have been associated with mental illness.

Specifically, each club will raise awareness about mental health through in-arena messaging at one of their home games and other means determined by each individual club.

The in-game programming will help inform fans about mental health issues and the associated challenges. It will also identify resources available to those in need of help or support.

What can you expect leading up to the game?

The Senators and Ottawa Senators Foundation will host Hockey Talks on Thursday, Jan. 30, when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. For a fourth straight season, the organization will partner with Do It For Daron (D.I.F.D.) and will look to inspire conversations and educate fans on the topic of youth mental health while raising funds in support of local children and youth.

What fans can expect leading up to and during the game:

  • Senators players will don Hockey Talks decals on their helmets the week leading up to the Hockey Talks game night to generate awareness.
  • There will be a variety of social media activities designed to raise awareness about the campaign and the game itself. Follow @SensFoundation and @Senators for details.
  • Organizations representatives will be on local radio and television stations generating awarenss and raising the profile about the campaign.
  • Fans will also be able to purchase Hockey Talks pins a as well as a variety of D.I.F.D branded items, with all net proceeds supporting, D.I.F.D. , via the Ottawa Senators Foundation. The Hockey Talks game night will also feature a ceremonial puck drop and throughout the game educational facts and resources will be shared with fans. Bell and Ferguslea Properties Ltd. are sponsors for the event.