Third Annual Elias Giannoulis Memorial hockey tournament upcoming

Event helps to raise awareness about mental illness

The Third Annual Elias Giannoulis Memorial 3-on-3 hockey tournament in support of mental health will be held this weekend in Theodore.

Each of us has a mental health story. Many of us, unfortunately, have more than one. Anyone impacted by a mental illness or challenge are aware of the incredible physical, mental, spiritual and financial stress that is has not only the person with the diagnosis, but all their loved ones as well. But there is something we all can do.

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Let's open up to mental health.

Mental health is real. Today, we are asking you to support our efforts to end the stigma that is often associated with it.

That is why the annual tournament is being held. Itis a fundraising tournament to raise awareness about mental illness and all proceeds from the tournament will be donated to support local mental health initiatives to enhance and improve support available to youth or high-risk individuals.

To-date, this event has raised more than $30,000, and these funds have been and will continue to be invested locally to enhance awareness and to improve mental health education amongst youth.

One example of the positive impact these funds have made is providing lifesaving suicide alertness skills to local teachers, coaches and students as Sask Abilities & Christ the Teacher Catholic School Division now have trained facilitators in the safe TALK program.

The tournament will take place Feb. 14 and 15. There will be eight teams, each guaranteed three games plus a Friday evening social and Saturday night cabaret.

The tournament will take place at the Kinsmen Arena in Yorkton and at the Theodore Rink.


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