The Kelowna Rockets have partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association for a mental health awareness game on Friday when the Rockets take on the Vancouver Giants.
The game-day experience will have several features to promote the importance of mental health, including a CMHA-run kiosk where fans can learn more about mental health and the organization’s community-based services.
During the game, videos will also be played featuring Rockets players talking about the importance of mental health.
The mental health awareness game is part of the Rockets ongoing partnership with CMHA Kelowna and its Talk Today program.
Launched across the Western Hockey League in 2016, Talk Today provides an opportunity to address the mental health needs of players. Through this program, over 800 WHL players and over 100 coaches, billets and staff have received mental health and suicide prevention training across the league.
"The Talk Today event helps us to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues which so often keeps people from seeking the help they need,” said Mike Gawliuk, CEO at CMHA Kelowna.
“We hope that players, coaches and fans will use this event to start a conversation about mental health and will encourage people of all ages to seek help when they need it."
Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m. at Prospera Place.
Single-game tickets for all Rockets home games are on sale at Select Your Tickets. Tickets can be purchased online through www.selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office, or by phone at 250-762-5050.