The Western Hockey League lent a huge helping hand to the Canadian Mental Health Association in Western Canada this year.
The league raised $19,455 with its Goals For Mental Health program, in which RE/MAX donated $15 for every goal scored by WHL teams in Western Canada.
From the start of the Central Division on February 26 until the end of the B.C. Division on May 13, players across the league scored 1,297 goals in support of mental health.
“We are proud to be working alongside our longstanding corporate partner RE/MAX of Western Canada in supporting the Canadian Mental Health Association and mental health initiatives in Western Canada,” said WHL commissioner Ron Robison in a press release.
“The Goals for Mental Health program not only allowed RE/MAX and the WHL to give back to our communities but also provided an opportunity to deliver positive messages from our players on mental health during these challenging times.”
Throughout the season, fans were also provided with Talk Today tips on how to support positive mental health. In the Mental Health Moments public awareness campaign, fans were given a glimpse into the things WHL players do to support their own mental health.
“Your support throughout this season will not only help our local regions, it has already helped raise awareness about mental health by challenging the stigma around seeking support at a time when so many are struggling,” said David Grauwiler, executive director, CMHA Alberta Division.