Hockey Talks Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers about Hockey Talks

Why did the Canadian teams decide to collaborate for Hockey Talks?

  • Each team recognizes the importance of mental health wellness and education based on both research and experiences.
  • A collaboration of the seven teams allows us to have our message reach a greater number and wider demographic of people.

What is each team doing for Hockey Talks?

  • At 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time on January 31, 2013, all teams will send out a media advisory announcing Hockey Talks, what it is, and high level plans for their in-market activations.
  • Each Canadian team has committed to hosting a game night dedicated to Mental Health Awareness, providing information to help facilitate navigation of mental health services in their respective province and raise funds for local charities that align to their community and charitable priorities with local health partners, many of which players on teams already have relationships and personal connections too.
  • Each of the seven teams will raise awareness about mental health through in-arena messaging and online storytelling.
  • There will be a continuation of a national dialogue through social media Jan 31 – Feb 28, 2013.

Will this be an annual event? Evolve into a League initiative?

  • At this point we are focused on the launch of hockey talks with the Canadian NHL teams.
  • Collectively, our goal is to have mental health education and resources discussed openly and continuously.
  • While the Hockey Talks program dates for this year are hoped to bring additional attention for the need of open dialogue in respect to mental health and wellness, our hope is that these talks will not simply be dictated by a single date, but rather evolve into a continuous conversation.
  • We believe this program has potential for growth.

What is the best advice a non-medical professional (friend/family member) can give to someone who is facing a mental health challenge?

  • Encourage them to open up to someone they trust and seek help and support.
  • Help them realize they are not alone.

What advantages are there in treating the early onset of symptoms of mental health challenges?

  • When mental health and substance use issues are recognized early, simple self-care strategies are often all that are needed to help young people get better.
  • Intervening early can prevent emerging problems from escalating into more severe disorders.
  • Early recognition increases the chance of better long-term outcomes and enhanced mental well-being across the lifespan.