Buddy Check for Jesse Mental Health Awareness Weekend: October 27 & 28
Victoria Minor Hockey Association is pleased to be participating in the Buddy Check for Jesse Mental Health Awareness program this season through their partnership with BC Hockey. We will be distributing green stick tape and other resources to our teams (atom through midget) over the next few days and encourage you to discuss this with your players. It is an important initiative to help normalize the conversation around mental health.
From BC Hockey:
BC Hockey has partnered with Buddy Check For Jesse to provide a Mental Health Awareness pilot program for the 2018-2019 season. Buddy Check was created by Dr. Stu Gershman who unfortunately lost his son Jesse to suicide October 29, 2014.
BC Hockey is reaching out to teams to support Mental Health awareness by participating in Buddy Check For Jesse. The program was developed for hockey coaches to deliver a message about mental health to their teams. It began with Jesse’s dad, Dr. Stu Gershman, wanting to help his other two boys feel support, to take action, to create awareness of Mental Health challenges, and to support their teammates. Stu believes that coaches are in a unique position to share this positive message to help raise awareness that mental health issues can affect anyone.
Stu is proud to have partnered with BC Hockey, CBI Health Group, and Suburbia studios (amongst others) and is grateful for the support he has received with this project.
Each team will receive eight (8) rolls of green tape, green wristbands, mental health awareness cards, and a coach’s speech to be facilitated prior to a game on the weekend of October 27-28, 2018. All materials will be sent to the team’s General Managers the week prior and BC Hockey will coordinate shipment or pick up for the Greater Victoria Minor Hockey Associations. Please post any social media to Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #BuddyCheckForJesse and #BuddyCheckBC.
For further information on Buddy Check For Jesse please visit https://buddycheckforjesse.com/.
We encourage all teams to start the conversation around Mental Health and utilize the resources provided to you for this initiative. Jesse’s family hopes that through creating this program in Jesse’s honour, it will help other youth and families.