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Screaming Eagles To Host Mental Health Awareness Game Sunday Afternoon

SYDNEY–  The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Nova Scotia (NS) Division are teaming up to raise awareness about the importance of mental health during an upcoming Screaming Eagles home game– Sunday, February 11th, 4pm at Centre 200.

The Screaming Eagles will host former Eagle Drake Batherson and the Blainville Armada this Sunday afternoon.  The game  will feature:

*   A CMHA-run kiosk so fans can learn more about mental health
*   Public address announcements about mental health

The awareness campaign is part of the ongoing commitment by the Screaming Eagles and CMHA NS Division 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 QMJHL.

A key piece of the Talk Today program has been to educate players about mental health and suicide prevention. Every 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 NS Division commends the Major Junior Hockey League and The Screaming Eagles team for their commitment to promoting mental health. By participating in TalkToday, they are helping educate athletes and their families about mental health, and encouraging them to talk about it openly. We all have mental health” said Pamela Magee, Executive Director, CMHA NS Division.

“Several books detailing former NHL players’ biographies opened the door for the implementation of many positive measures in hockey, including a new tolerance for discussing previously stigmatized subjects, like mental health issues” said Screaming Eagles general manager and head coach Marc-André Dumont.  “Our partnership with CMHA via the Talk Today program has proven to be an incredible tool for growth and mental health. People who reach out for help usually go to their friends first. Those friends are usually that channel for the people suffering to vent to and must act responsibly. They may not want to break their friend’s trust but it is imperative to let the proper people know about what’s going on. Mental illness is a physical illness and in that sense, it is important to seek the support of trained professionals who will help guide us through these challenges.”

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