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Spitfires And Canadian Mental Health Association Team Up For Mental Health Awareness

Wednesday February 24th, 2016, 8:54pm

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The Spitfires and the Canadian Mental Health Association Windsor/Essex County have teamed up to raise awareness about the importance of mental health during Thursday night’s home game versus the Barrie Colts.

The annual event will feature a CMHA-run kiosk display on the WFCU Centre concourse where fans can learn more about mental health issues and services, videos featuring Spitfire players talkingvabout the importance of mental health and in-game segments promoting discussion about mental health issues.

The awareness campaign is part of the ongoing commitment by the Spitfires and CMHA Windsor/Essex CountyvBranch to implement #TalkToday.

Launched in October 2014, #TalkToday is a partnership between the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and CHMA Ontario that provides mental health support to players and raises awareness about mental health issues andvsuicide risks throughout OHL communities.

A key piece of the #TalkToday program has been educating OHL players. Every team received mental health training specific to suicide awareness last season and new players were trained this past fall. Each team is also now linked to a CMHA Mental Health Coach, who provides support and
mental health resources to individuals in need.

“We’re extremely grateful to partner with the Windsor Spitfires to host a #TalkToday event to increase public awareness and to promote mental health in the community,” said Kim Willis, Director of Communications & Mental Health Promotions, Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch. “By hosting this event, the Spitfires are helping eliminate the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues and encouraging discussion within the community about mental health.”

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