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February 8, 2017

$64,247 raised at Bell DIFD Hockey Talks Mental Health Awareness Night in support of the Youth Services Bureau

OTTAWA – Bell, Ferguslea Properties Limited, and the Ottawa Senators Foundation (@sensfoundation) are pleased to announce that $64,247 was raised during Tuesday’s Bell DIFD Hockey Talks Mental Health Awareness Night, presented by Ferguslea Properties Limited at Canadian Tire Centre.

Funds raised on Tuesday will be put towards the three-year, $300,000 funding commitment to the Bridges Project at the Youth Services Bureau (YSB) which began in 2016.

The ‘BRiDGES Project’ at YSB is designed to address the service gap by offering youth and families a variety of therapy interventions with a focus on recovery and wellness. These interventions are provided by a treatment team that include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, child and youth counsellors and occupational therapists. The team provides a seamless, cost-effective, integrated response. In addition to focusing on treatment services, BRiDGES can help prevent relapse and re-admission to the hospital through the provision of education and support services.

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 stigma often unfairly associated with mental illness. With the collaboration of each of the seven Canadian National Hockey League clubs, the Hockey Talks message has an extensive reach and connects with citizens of all ages and backgrounds.

“Thanks to the support from the hockey club, our partners and fans, we are encouraging conversations about mental health across the region,” said Danielle Robinson, president and CEO, Ottawa Senators Foundation. “We’re proud to support local programs and organizations provide services and treatment for those who are are suffering in silence.”

“Bell Let’s Talk is very proud of our longstanding partnership with the Ottawa Senators Foundation as we continue supporting young people in our community through the Youth Services Bureau and the BRiDGES Project,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “On January 25, Bell Let’s Talk Day, people all around the country took part in the conversation about mental health to end the stigma. The seventh annual Bell Hockey Talks Mental Health Awareness Night kept that conversation going by encouraging fans to talk about mental health and show their support for those living with mental illness.”

“The BRiDGES Project provides outstanding services for youth including a 24/7 mental health crisis line, an online crisis webchat service, a walk-in clinic, and family- and school- based counselling services,” said Dan Greenberg, president, Ferguslea Properties Limited. “We are a proud partner in Hockey Talks both in support of the great work of the Youth Services Bureau and in furthering the mental health awareness goals of DIFD.”

“We’re so proud and thankful to work with great community partners like Bell, Ferguslea Properties Limited, and the Ottawa Senators Foundation to bring the mental health conversation to a national level,” said Stephanie Richardson, Daron Richardson’s mother and founder of DIFD. “With the aid of these types of initiatives, thousands of people will find the courage to speak up and seek help.”

About the Ottawa Senators Foundation

The Ottawa Senators Foundation empowers children and youth to reach their full potential by investing in social recreation and education programs that promote both physical and mental wellness. In partnership with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, alumni association, corporate partners and fans, more than $100 million has been contributed to thousands of initiatives and charities in the National Capital Region.

Visit the Ottawa Senators Foundation website: www.sensfoundation.com

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