Mental Health Resources (Erin-Hillsburgh Minor Hockey Association)

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At EHMHA, we recognize that mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, especially for our young athletes. Hockey provides an incredible platform for physical exercise, teamwork, and personal growth. As we lace up our skates and hit the ice, we also want to emphasize the importance of mental health and resilience.

The Power of Physical Exercise:

Engaging in regular physical activity, such as playing hockey, has been linked to improved mental health. Exercise releases endorphins, reduces stress, and enhances mood. Our rinks become spaces not only for skill development but also for mental well-being.

Encourage players to embrace the joy of movement, whether it’s during practice, games, or off-ice workouts. Let’s celebrate the positive impact that physical activity has on mental resilience.


Coaches as Mentors:

Our coaches play a vital role in shaping young athletes’ experiences and are integral in fostering a sense of community and support.

However, it’s essential to recognize that coaches are not mental health experts. They may notice signs of distress or struggle, but their primary focus is on hockey development.

Coaches can encourage open conversations about mental health, normalize seeking help, and direct players and families to appropriate resources.


Connecting to Mental Health Resources:

We encourage all our members to explore mental health resources beyond the rink. These resources can provide valuable support during challenging times.

Here are some local resources you can access:

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Mental Health and Well-being page:

East Wellington Family Heath Team Mental Health Supports:


Remember that mental health matters, both on and off the ice. Let’s continue to build a resilient and supportive hockey community together!