Stick it to Stigma

Now more than ever, it is critical to talk about mental health with our youth. We know that young people listen to other young people so we asked Hockey Teams across the state to create Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos to help us spread the word that it is OK to talk about mental health. We hope you enjoy these fantastic #StickItToStigma PSAs!

 

Want to help #Stick it to Stigma and let your friends know that it is OK to not be OK?

Get together with your team and create a PSA video!

We’re PASSING THE PUCK TO YOU!

Stick it to Stigma: Not Just For Hockey Players

In September of 2020, Connor’s Climb was proud to take part in the Strong Youth Strong Communities (SYSC) Virtual Summit for New Hampshire Youth presented by Centene and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Fellow mental health advocate, Ryan Day, Head Coach of the Ohio State Football Team, presented a message on our behalf. Watch the video with Ryan and the other famous figures HERE!
Be sure to also check out the Ryan and Christina Day Fund and the #OnOurSleeves Movement with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. They’re doing great work for children’s mental health awareness!

A STIGMA is defined as a “mark of disgrace” but there is nothing disgraceful about taking care of your mental health. One of our goals at Connor’s Climb Foundation is to help alleviate the stigma surrounding mental health. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death of youth in New Hampshire, and it continues to be on the rise. We need to take action NOW to help our kids learn how to discuss this difficult topic so we can reverse this trend.

YOU can help by hosting a Stick it to Stigma event in your community. There are many options, including hockey games, lacrosse games, field hockey games, nearly any sporting event that you can imagine.

Connor’s Climb Foundation will help by providing you with a GAME PLAN to help you easily plan and implement your Stick it to Stigma event. It includes details on Timeline, Fundraising Best Practices, Templates for creating T-shirts, Posters, Social Media, & More.

The goals of Stick it to Stigma are:

1

Create a positive and open environment where kids see that it is OK to talk about mental health and suicide thereby reducing the STIGMA surrounding it. Talking about suicide does NOT cause it!

2

Teach kids to ACT:

Acknowledge

Listen to your friend. Don’t ignore threats they make about themselves or others

Care

Let your friend know that you care about his/her safety.

Tell

Tell: Tell a trusted adult that you are worried about your friend. Some secrets SHOULD be shared!

Contact us for more info on hosting your own Stick it to Stigma event