The Kindersley Jr. Klippers are presenting a special opportunity on Friday night with the Nipawin Hawks in town. The team has partnered with Canadian Mental Health Association, Rosetown, to host a "Talk Today" game in support of mental health awareness.

The game begins at 7:30 PM from the West Central Events Centre, as program director Carmen Ledding shared more about the night ahead through a written release.

"Talk Today is one of the most comprehensive mental health programs for amateur sports in Canada. It strives to promote the mental health of young athletes while spreading awareness about the benefits of positive mental health throughout communities across the country."

The game is going to feature multiple ways to promote the importance of mental health, such as a guaranteed 50/50 of $1,000 sponsored by a local company, a CMHA-run kiosk where fans can learn more about mental health and the organization’s community-based services, and then there will also be a ceremonial puck drop and photo opportunity with CMHA Rosetown, along with other public-service-announcements about mental health and different events put on by the local group

"This mental health awareness game is part of the Klippers’ partnership with CMHA Rosetown and its Talk Today program. Talk Today, an initiative of CMHA Rosetown in partnership with CMHAs nationwide, collaborates with amateur sports organizations across Canada to bring mental health awareness and suicide-prevention training to young athletes. This season, Talk Today is celebrating a major milestone – its 10th season of supporting junior hockey."

Screenshot 2024-02-08 140417.jpg via Canadian Mental Health Association, Rosetown Branch on Facebook

The Talk Today program is in place across the SJHL to educate players about mental health and suicide prevention, also linking each team to a CMHA Mental Health Coach who provides support and mental health resources to individuals in need. Since 2014, Talk Today has helped deliver suicide prevention training and resources to approximately 7,600 athletes, as well as nearly 1,000 coaches, billets, parents and team staff in junior hockey, and high school, college and university athletics.

“We’re proud to support the Kindersley Klippers through Talk Today and are excited to welcome Klippers fans to our mental health awareness game on Feb. 9,” said Carmen Ledding, program director of CMHA Rosetown. “The Klippers are great community partners and we thank them for letting us use their platform to share information about local community-based mental health services at this game.”

“The Kindersley Klippers have learned a lot about mental health and suicide through the Talk Today program and appreciate all the support we receive from CMHA Rosetown,” said Clayton Jardine, head coach and general manager of the Klippers.”We’re pleased to welcome them to our game Feb. 9 and hope our fans learn more about how to support their own mental health. See you there."

More information can be found on this program at Tickets for the game can be purchased at the door for $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. Kids 12 and under get in free.

It's the first of two between the Klippers and Nipawin Hawks, as a rematch is set for Saturday night at 7:30.