#BellLetsTalk – Raising Mental Health Awareness

Mental illness is not something to be taken lightly. Regardless of what disorder or condition anyone suffers there should never be a reason that someone doesn’t feel comfortable to talk about it. It’s not a dirty word, it certainly isn’t anything to be ashamed or embarrassed of. Yet every single day people all over the world are suffering in silence, terrified of the repercussions that might come from opening up.

Today, across the internet you have probably seen people using the hashtag BellLetsTalk. It’s to raise awareness and to try and dampen that stigma that means that approximately every 2 hours, someone in the European Union (including the United Kingdom & Ireland) commits suicide.

Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years in the UK and it is considerably higher in men, with nearly four times as many men dying as a result of suicide compared to women. Those at highest risk are men aged between 45 and 59 years who have a rate of 25.1 per 100,000 population.


Some of the biggest stars of the EIHL are doing their part to raise awareness as well, including GMB Nottingham Panthers enforcer, Brian McGratten and the Coventry Blaze’s Barry Almeida. Sheffield Steelers tough guy, Guillaume Desbiens has previously participated in an awareness campaign for suicide.

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It's day 12 of 20 common myths, misunderstandings or misconceptions about suicide and i'll say that this one particularly resonates with me. Believe me when I say that your friends and family are NOT better off without you. #askforhelp #20daysofawareness MYTH: If you take your life, people (family, friends, loved ones) will be far better off without you. TRUTH: An attempted or completed suicide has a profound and devastating impact on people left behind. Someone considering suicide may feel that they are a burden to others around them, and be unable to recognise the effect that their death may have on loved ones. Stay Alive App: https://appsto.re/us/xUmK2.i CANADA: http://www.cmha.ca US: http://us.reachout.com http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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According to statistics, men are more likely to suffer in silence owing to the way that the media often tries to make men out to be weak if they share how they feel. Recently, campaigns have been more active to try and reduce the stigma and encourage men to speak out. Hockey players all over the world are trying to break that stigma and encourage those who are suffering to speak out.

Mental illness isn’t new in Ice Hockey, owing to the real risk of head injuries, concussion is always a possibility. This is why player safety and education is key to the progression of the game going forward and if players are speaking openly about struggles they have had owing to their injuries it might be the encouragement a fan might need to talk about theirs.

So perhaps jump on Twitter if you have it and share your story with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk and let’s start a conversation about mental health.

If you or someone you know is suffering with mental illness, please don’t suffer in silence. There is always someone there to help you and to listen without judgement.

Scorch the Dragon back on the job! 

Following a disastrous incident with a bubble ball during last weeks first period break action Scorch the Dragon has resumed his duties tonight at the Skydome tonight against the South Wales rivals, Cardiff Devils.

The incident involved the poor Dragon being stretchered off the ice after he was hit and couldn’t get up. Following speedy treatment by the emergency responders on site, Scorch was sent home to rest up and recover.

But tonight folks, he’s back! All be it a little bruised and battered, but in good spirits regardless as he warms up the crowd at the Skydome arena. What a warrior!

Keep it up Scorch! Get well soon!

Feature Image courtesy of the Coventry Blaze Facebook Page. 

Celebrating the NHL Centenary #ShowYourColours

So… I’ve had a super crazy idea to try and create a video full of hockey selfies! The selfie is a staple for going to a game, getting a photo of you and your friends rocking your team colours or perhaps you with your favourite player! I want to make the longest video possible and cover as much of the hockey world as possible.

Hockey fans are a family, everyone is connected by their love of the sport of ice hockey. I’m aiming to create a huge video album of that family, regardless of your team colours, the language you speak or the country you come from we are all a family.

Let’s celebrate the centenary of the NHL and show them just how much they have inspired us and our love for our teams!

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#OnFire | A Year of writing for the Coventry Blaze

It seems strange to me to think I’ve been writing for OnFire now for nearly a year. I remember seeing an advert online posted by the Coventry Blaze on Facebook asking for writers for their match day publication.

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NEWS: Sheffield Steelers boss Tony Smith makes his views abundantly clear!

Earlier on today the Sheffield Steelers released an official statement on their website in regards to two main issues which had had many fans taking to twitter to express their extreme displeasure.

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