The Ottawa Senators and Ottawa Senators Foundation will host their second annual Hockey Talks day on January 30, seeking to encourage a national conversation about youth mental health through Do It For Daron (D.I.F.D.)
The Ottawa Senators Hockey Talks event is part of a collective effort, with all of the Canadian NHL clubs dedicating one of their game nights in January to bringing awareness to this topic in an attempt to alleviate misconceptions and stigma that have been associated with mental illness.
Specifically, each club will raise awareness about mental health through in-arena messaging at one of their home games and other means determined by each individual club. The in-game programming will help inform fans about mental health issues and the associated challenges. It will also identify resources available to those in need of help or support. This year, fans are encouraged to join the conversation by downloading a Hockey Talks sign and posting a picture via social media with the hashtag #hockeytalks.