The Swift Current Broncos and Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Swift Current branch are teaming up for the third-straight season to raise awareness about the importance of mental health throughout the Broncos home game on Wednesday against the Prince Albert Raiders.
The Swift Current Broncos game on Wednesday, February 13 (7:00 p.m. CT) will feature:
- A CMHA-run kiosk so fans can learn more about mental health initiatives
- Videos featuring select Broncos players talking about the importance of mental health
- Public address announcements throughout the evening about mental health
- A special pre-game ceremony that will implement CMHA branch staff to participate in a pre-game puck drop
- Social media posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- Fundraising from cookies that will be sold in the lobby with donations going to the CMHA
The awareness campaign is part of the ongoing commitment by the Swift Current Broncos and CMHA Swift Current branch to implement ‘Talk Today.’ Talk Today provides mental health support to players and raises awareness about mental health and suicide prevention throughout communities across the Western Hockey League.
A key piece of the Talk Today program has been to educate players about mental health and suicide prevention. Every WHL team has received mental health training specific to suicide prevention. Each team is also now linked to a CMHA Mental Health Coach, who provides support and mental health resources to individuals in need.
CMHA Swift Current facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.
“CMHA is proud to partner with the Swift Current Broncos and share their knowledge of the Talk Today event,” said Executive Director Jacqui Williams. “The Talk Today program creates awareness around suicidal tendencies and we thank the Broncos for creating awareness for mental health. Stick it to stigma.”
“The Swift Current Broncos are thankful for the opportunity to help raise awareness about mental health, and hope to help eliminate the fear of having open conversations around the mental health,” said Nathan MacDonald, Director of Business Operations for the Swift Current Broncos. ” Mental health affects us all, and while we all process it differently, having open conversations around our own experiences, processes, trials and tribulations not only aids in our own mental health but can be a substantial help to those around us in processing through their own recovery.
“From a personal perspective, I’ve found that being transparent and vulnerable with my own mental health issues has led me to gain clarity in how I need to proceed with recovery and gain confidence in my ability to move forward with a healthy mental perspective,” added MacDonald. “Seeking help, talking to others and being available to contribute to open conversations has helped me, and I encourage everyone to help eliminate the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues, to empower us all to simply feel better.”
Tickets for the game are available at tickets.scbroncos.com to purchase your seats or call 306-773-1509 ext. 1 or visit the Stable during regular box office hours for more information. It is also Unused Ticket Night, indicating that fans can exchange an unused 2018-19 game ticket at the gate for $5 and get a seat.
For more information about Talk Today and CMHA Swift Current click here.