RALEIGH, N.C. – The National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes will host their sixth annual Hockey Talks game on Saturday, Jan. 27, when the team hosts the Arizona Coyotes at 7 p.m. The Hurricanes are hosting Hockey Talks to encourage conversations about mental health and reduce stigmas associated with mental illness. To help raise awareness and promote the importance of mental health, players will have the opportunity to wrap their sticks with green tape during warmups to show their support.
The Hurricanes will partner with the North Carolina affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI NC), HopeLine, Foundation of Hope, Lucy Daniels Center, 22 Saves Hockey, and Dogs with a Purpose for Hockey Talks. These organizations provide information, resources and support to individuals and families affected by mental illness, including crisis lines available via call or text.
In conjunction with Hockey Talks, the Hurricanes will partner with the North Carolina Department of Justice, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Raleigh Police Department for the sixth consecutive year on Prescription Drug Take Back. Fans are encouraged to responsibly dispose of prescription drugs that are expired or no longer needed. There will be drop-off locations at the PNC Arena ticket office on Jan. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and at any PNC Arena entrance before Hockey Talks on Jan. 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please reach out to the following local support lines: HopeLine (919-231-4525 or 877-231-4525, available via call 24/7 or 877-231-4525 via text from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and NAMI (800-451-9682 via call or 919-999-6527 via text, both available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday).
About NAMI NC
North Carolina’s largest grassroots mental health organization, NAMI NC provides free support groups, educational programs and advocacy efforts throughout North Carolina. For over 30 years, NAMI NC has worked to create a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a caring community.
HopeLine is dedicated to supporting people and saving lives through caring, confidential conversations during times of crisis. Through their free and confidential crisis and suicide prevention helpline, HopeLine offers crisis intervention, supportive and nonjudgmental active listening, gentle and understanding discussion of crisis resolution and referrals to appropriate community resources.
About Foundation of Hope
Focused on conquering mental illness by investing in groundbreaking scientific research and mental health initiatives, the Foundation funds critical research focused on understanding the root causes of, and potential treatment for, mental illness. They are committed to raising awareness and supporting effective treatment programs.
About Lucy Daniels Center
A therapeutic school founded in 1989 to provide mental health services to children and families in the Triangle, Lucy Daniels Center serves nearly 700 children and their families each year. The Center believes that addressing a child’s challenges earlier will improve their chances for social and academic development.
About 22 Saves Hockey
22 Saves Hockey Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation organized for the purpose of promoting the health and wellness of military veterans. Our vision, quite simply, is to help veterans heal their invisible wounds and return them to an improved state of health and wellness. They do this by engaging veterans in health and wellness activities – primarily through recreation – and we use it as a therapeutic mechanism to address various mental health conditions that veterans may experience.
About Dogs with a Purpose
Dogs with a Purpose is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to members of our community through canine assisted therapy. They visit hospitals, schools, senior centers, and events by request.