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INDY FUEL TO HOST ‘HOCKEY TALKS’ NIGHT TO HELP REDUCE THE STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

Tuesday, October 10th
INDY FUEL TO HOST ‘HOCKEY TALKS’ NIGHT TO HELP REDUCE THE STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indy Fuel will host ‘Hockey Talks’ night on Friday, December 29 in collaboration with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, to help break the stigma surrounding mental health. This will be the first time an ECHL team will partner with the initiative, started by the Vancouver Canucks, and the first to host a night dedicated to the cause.

During the game, there will be in-game messaging and social media content sharing mental health facts and resources as well as education and tools for those that may be struggling. Fans can listen to player PSAs and visit a mental health and wellness resource table, which will be set up for fans to learn more about local organizations that are here to help.

“The Fuel are committed to helping make Indianapolis and the hockey community a more welcoming place by advocating for the mental health of our players, staff and fans alike as well as prioritizing mental health care. We are proud to partner with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to promote mental health initiatives as we host our ‘Hockey Talks’ night,” said Fuel owner and chairman Jim Hallett.

The conversation starts now, as ‘Hockey Talks’ looks to encourage teams to use their platform to promote mental health resources. While this is the Indy Fuel’s first ‘Hockey Talks’ night, the Fuel is committed to bringing attention to the unknown struggles of mental health year-round. This month and every month, the Fuel works towards bringing awareness to Indianapolis and the organization on the importance of breaking the mental health stigma.

The Indy Fuel are proud to partner with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a local trusted health partner that offers numerous mental health resources and supports among other health services.

“We are focused on the whole health needs of individuals, families and communities as we join together with our community partners to encourage conversations about mental health,” said Dr. Kimberly Roop, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Medicaid President in Indiana. “The importance of emotional well-being continues to be at the forefront, as we continue to raise mental health awareness, provide education and training tools and offer community assistance with timely information and services. Our clinical experts are excited to work together with the Indy Fuel throughout the season to coordinate player visits to community based organizations and schools across Indiana to learn more about mental health stigma and mental health conditions – and how to talk about them.”

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s mental health resources, support, education, and care guides can be found here

ABOUT HOCKEY TALKS:

The Hockey Talks mental health awareness initiative began ten years ago in 2013, following the tragic passing of Canucks player Rick Rypien in 2011.  Rick was a hockey hero, a son, a brother, a teammate, and a friend. Rick's wish was to support others and help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness by being a spokesperson for this issue. To learn more about the Hockey Talks initiative click here. The Indy Fuel aims to bring positive change with their Hockey Talk.

ABOUT THE INDY FUEL:

The Indy Fuel are the proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks and the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs and will return to Indiana Farmers Coliseum for their tenth season this fall.

Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn and YouTube for news, updates, contests and much more.

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