Bell Hockey Talks DIFD Youth Mental Health Awareness Night

  • Start: February 6, 2020 5:30 pm
  • End: February 6, 2020 11:00 pm

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Senators joining the conversation about mental health support and treatment

The Ottawa Senators and Ottawa Senators Foundation will host a mental health awareness campaign in support of Bell Let’s Talk and the annual Bell Hockey Talks DIFD Mental Health Awareness Night presented by Ferguslea Properties Limited. The campaign will begins this evening with the Bell Let’s Talk game when the club hosts the New Jersey Devils and culminates on Thursday, Feb. 6 with Bell Hockey Talks DIFD Mental Health Awareness Night when the club hosts the Colorado Avalanche.

Since 2010, Senators Sports & Entertainment has partnered with Bell Let’s Talk and Do It For Daron (DIFD) in an effort to inspire conversations and educate fans about youth mental health. Using the hockey club’s media reach the goal of the campaign is to:

  • Educate the public about the mental health resources available in Ottawa and Gatineau.
  • Share information about existing programs and the impact they are having.
  • Continue to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and encourage everyone to join the conversation about mental health.

Funds raised during the campaign will support the new ‘Youth Hub’ at the Youth Services Bureau. Opened earlier this year on the main floor of YSB’s new housing project, the Youth Hub is a unique and innovative approach to supporting vulnerable youth. Through the Youth Hub, critical mental health services will be readily available to youth living onsite without having to travel to other locations, often a barrier to accessing services for those with limited financial means.

To support the initiative fans can:

  • Purchase tickets to the games on Jan. 27, 31, Feb. 4, and Feb. 6. A discount will be provided to fans and a portion of every sale will support youth mental health initiatives.
  • Text SENS to 45678 to make a $10 donation, or text SENATORS to 45678 for a $5 contribution.
  • Bid on limited edition autographed Senators merchandise and other items at
  • Purchase DIFD-themed merchandise including bracelets ($5), toques ($15) and mittens ($20) among other items.
  • Fans are encouraged to join the mental health conversation by sharing personal experiences or messages of support via social media with #hockeytalks.

Before Thursday’s game gets under way, Stephanie Richardson and a local mental health champion representing the Youth Services Bureau will take part in a ceremonial puck drop with the team captains.

Prior to and during Thursday’s game, Senators’ wives and girlfriends will join volunteers from Bell and DIFD, along with Ottawa Senators Foundation president and CEO Danielle Robinson, to raise funds through the sale of Hockey Talks DIFD themed merchandise.