KSA is encouraging everyone to be aware of mental health as well
Through the generosity of Kitchener Sports Association and the Rotary Club of Kitchener-Westmount, and in collaboration with Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council, minor sports organizations are being encouraged to host a safeTALK workshop for their leadership and stakeholders.
Each safeTALK workshop, as outlined at KSA’s Feb. 21 dinner meeting, is a certified learning opportunity to prepare those attending to become more aware of the signs of suicide, and to share tips on dealing with this sensitive issue. (In sports, with the stress to achieve and perform, the challenges to mental health are significant.) In Waterloo Region, the average for the last few years is an alarming 57 suicides per year; the number of attempted suicides is much greater — and the number of those who consider suicide is significantly higher yet again.
Many progressive organizations including the Ontario Hockey League, Ontario Hockey Association, Waterloo Region Police and KW Titans Professional basketball have provided these workshops as part of their philosophy of creating a positive support atmosphere for their stakeholders — players, coaches, employees, etc. KSA’s monthly meeting this month includes a safeTALK workshop, offered at no charge to attendees. More awareness is good for everyone!
Proceeds from your purchase of KSA’s 50/50 tickets at Kitchener Rangers and KW Titans home games not only help local minor sports groups (over $182,000 last year), but also offer the opportunity for you to win big yourself! Some of the recent draw winners are shown on this page — our athletes are everywhere!
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