The Windsor Spitfires and CMHA-WECB host their Talk Today game on Thursday, February 15 v. Barrie Colts. Join us!
Talk Today is one of the most comprehensive mental health programs for amateur sports in Canada. Its aim is to promote the mental health of young athletes and to spread awareness about the benefits of positive mental health throughout communities across the country.
Originally launched by CMHA Ontario Division in partnership with the OHL in 2014, Talk Today provides an important opportunity to address the mental health needs of athletes across the province and across Canada. This program has become a valuable platform for CMHA branches, OHL teams and individual players to encourage open discussion about mental health within the hockey community and the broader public.
HOW TALK TODAY HELPS
There are four main components to the Talk Today program:
Mental Health Training for Players and Support Staff
All OHL players receive training in safeTALK, an accredited program that teaches individuals to recognize persons with thoughts of suicide and how to take action. Coaches, team staff and parents who provide support to the players can also receive safeTALK, as well as ASIST. ASIST teaches people how to intervene when individuals are in crisis and how to connect them to the resources and help that they need.
Mental Health Coach
Each OHL team has a designated CMHA Mental Health Coach to provide resources and supports for the players as well as the people that surround them.
Mental Health Champion
Each team has a local OHL Mental Health Champion, who acts as an advocate on mental health issues within the community and helps players connect with their local CMHA Mental Health Coach.
Talk Today Community Events
Each OHL team hosts a Talk Today community event at one home game to show its support for mental health programs in the community. Through a sponsorship with Teachers Life, OHL players and CMHA branches make visits to schools to speak to students about positive mental wellness.
ABOUT THE ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. Last season, more than nine million fans attended CHL games in the regular season, playoffs and at the Mastercard Memorial Cup. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U Sports than any other league. For more information visit www.ontariohockeyleague.com.
ABOUT TEACHERS LIFE
Teachers Life is a not-for-profit federally regulated life-insurance company and North America’s largest educator-owned fraternal insurer. Founded in 1939, Teachers Life offers a full suite of personal insurance products to address the unique needs of the whole education community including educators, administrators, support staff and their families. Teachers Life is the first insurance provider in Canada to underwrite life insurance products online, in as little as 15 minutes. As a not-for-profit fraternal insurer, community commitment is a core value for Teachers Life. For more information, please visit www.teacherslife.com.