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AJHL players to benefit from mental health awareness program

PHOTO. Supplied. Canadian Mental Health Association Wood Buffalo.

The Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) has teamed up with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to bring mental health awareness to young athletes.

The partnership is presented by Inter Pipeline.

The program Talk Today is one of the most comprehensive sport-related mental health programs in Canada and will provide all 360 players in the AJHL with mental health resources.

“Through our partnership with CMHAs in Alberta and the support of Inter Pipeline, we are committed to providing mental health resources to our athletes and to destigmatize the negative connotations associated with seeking help,” stated AJHL Commissioner Ryan Bartoshyk.

Players will benefit from mental health awareness and suicide-prevention training this season.

The program will include workshops, community programs and a partnership between the AJHL team and its local CMHA region.

Teams and CMHA regions will host a Talk Today game-day event to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention.

Talk Today is being delivered across the league with the support of the NHL Foundation and Fifth Line Foundation.