SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s 2nd Annual Showcase recently held in Sudbury was not only an action-packed two days of hockey, but an event that helped raise more than $5,000 for Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Sudbury/Manitoulin.
The NOJHL used the event to put a spotlight on mental health. Those in attendance were able to learn more about the importance of mental wellness and the local services that are available should an individual or their families be suffering.
“By working with the NOJHL we are reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and providing fans with an opportunity to learn more about the services that we offer,” said Marion Quigley, CEO, CMHA Sudbury/Manitoulin. “Thanks to commissioner Robert Mazzuca and league staff for all of their continued support to the Talk Today program and for directing funds from last week’s event to our organization.”
The NOJHL is also entering its third season with CMHA’s Talk Today, one of the most comprehensive mental health programs for amateur sports in Canada. Over the past two seasons 446 players, 14 coaches/managers, five billets/parents, and 18 office staff members have received safeTALK training. safeTALK is an accredited training program that teaches individuals how to recognize persons with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with supports in their community.
“Our league and teams have worked with the CMHA to promote the mental health of our athletes and other individuals in our team communities,” said Robert Mazzuca, NOJHL Commissioner.
“Because of our ongoing strong collaboration, it felt like a natural fit for this year’s showcase to benefit the CMHA.”
• In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem.
• 70% of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence.
• Young people aged 15 to 24 are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance use disorders than any other age group.