On Friday, February 16, the Capilano University Blues host the Douglas College Royals in PACWEST basketball action. We want fans to get loud to Make Some Noise for mental health, as part of an ongoing effort to promote mental health awareness and reduce the stigma.
For more information on the CCAA's involvement with the Bell Let's Talk student-athlete campaign, please visit the CCAA website. Capilano University is one of 128 universities and colleges taking part in the campaign.
"Our focus on enriching the overall academic experience of our student-athletes is core to the support we offer across campuses," said Joel Mrak, Vice President, Marketing at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association. "The mental health leadership through the Bell Let's Talk initiative will continue to have a tremendous impact for these students, and we're proud to be a part of the growing conversation."
|Capilano student-athletes Zarley Zalusky and TheAhn Pham sign their names as a pledge to continue the conversation surrounding mental health.|
In the Birch Building, CapU Athletics & Recreation, Counselling Services, and Student Affairs connected with students help spread the conversation surrounding mental health. As part of the conversation, students, staff, and faculty, signed a banner as part of a pledge to keep the conversation going.
The banner and poster boards will be in the Sportsplex during the basketball games on February 16, and fans will be able to write their own messages of support.
Bell Let's Talk Day 2018 set new records with more than 138 million messages of support from people throughout Canada and around the world, which means Bell will invest a further $6,919,199.75 towards Canadian mental health initiatives.
"All of these great organizations recognize that mental health affects us all and we thank them for lending their names and platforms to the cause," said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let's Talk. "Together with millions of Canadians, we're all fighting the stigma, changing attitudes and letting those who struggle with mental illness know they're not alone."
The Capilano women's basketball team takes on Douglas College at 6:00pm on Friday, while the second-place CapU men's team plays at 8:00pm. The two teams rematch on Saturday evening on 5:00 and 7:00pm in what are the last home games of the regular season and last games before the PACWEST Basketball Championships.