On February 8th, 2020, the Kelowna Rockets took on the Portland Winterhawks at Prospera Place in what was pegged as a mental health awareness game. In partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), the event stressed the importance of wellbeing and suicide prevention with a number of features that are not present in the traditional hockey game.
The mental health awareness game was complete with a CMHA-run kiosk where attendees could receive information, a video that featured players talking about their experience, public service announcements, a fundraising component, and more. In addition, the event also called attention to CMHA’s ‘Talk Today’ program, which provides training and education to WHL players and coaches.
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