In a given year, one in five people in Canada experiences a mental health problem or illness. There are no limitations to those who may be affected.

High-performance athletes in their teenage and early adult years often face significant stress and life’s challenges can seem immense. Not only are they facing the pressures of excelling and reaching the next level in their sport, but they’re also doing so during critical educational and social periods in their lives. TalkToday was designed to provide support to these young people and to destigmatize the negative connotations associated with seeking help.

Talk Today is a program designed by the Canadian Mental Health Association. It is one of the most comprehensive mental health/sport-related programs in Canada. This program aims to promote the mental health of young athletes and to spread awareness about the benefits of positive mental health throughout communities across the country.

Beyond game day events, Talk Today also provides mental health/suicide prevention workshops (suicide is the second-leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10-24 in Canada), CMHA Mental Health Coaches, Mental Health Champions, and evaluations.

The Talk Today program was originally launched in 2014, and interest in the program has grown steadily both within and outside the realm of sports. CMHA Niagara hosted its first Talk Today game with the Niagara IceDogs and Erie Otters in 2015.

This year on March 9, friends, family, clients, employees and volunteers of CMHA Niagara will gather in section 116 at the Meridian Centre to show their support of this fantastic program (and the Niagara IceDogs)!