Cariboo Cougars Launch Mental Health Initiative Mindright
Mindright is a mental helath wellness program designed for the Cariboo Cougar's players and their supports. Components of the program include mental health and suicide awareness workshops for the coaching staff and players, concussion training, support from a sports psychologist, information about local support services, and community awareness events at home games.
The idea for the initiative was brought forward by Myles Mattila, 17 year old Assistant Captain of the Cariboo Cougars. Myles is a spokesperson for mindcheck.ca, sits on the Youth Local Action Team in Prince George, and has been advocating for mental health initiatives around the province for several years.
"Mental health affects everyone no matter what age we are, and youth and young athletes are no exception," says Myles. "We're hoping that with MindRight we can help decrease stigma around these issues, and show everyone that it's OK to talk about mental health and mental illness."
To find out more about the Mindright initiative you can visit their website mindright.info. For a full schedule of the Cariboo Cougar's league games, visit caribocougars.ca.