Sponsored by Salmon Arm Minor Hockey, Justin Brien, professional presenter, will be speaking on mental health to parents, particularly of U15 and U18 players, and to players who wish to attend. The presentation will start at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Salmar Grand, Theatre 1. (Photo contributed)

Sponsored by Salmon Arm Minor Hockey, Justin Brien, professional presenter, will be speaking on mental health to parents, particularly of U15 and U18 players, and to players who wish to attend. The presentation will start at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Salmar Grand, Theatre 1. (Photo contributed)

Presentation sponsored by Salmon Arm Minor Hockey to get real about mental health

Inspirational speaker and mental health advocate featured, free admission, everyone welcome

Salmon Arm Minor Hockey is tackling the issue of mental health.

The Salmon Arm Minor Hockey Association (SAMHA) is sponsoring a talk from Salmon Arm’s Justin Brien, mental health advocate, inspirational speaker and life coach.

“We encourage any parents of youth to attend this presentation,” remarked general manager Roy Sakaki on behalf of SAMHA. “The focus will be on our U15 and U18 players but if parents feel this would be an age appropriate topic, they are welcome to attend. ”

Sakaki said Brien shares his story and his battles with addiction and how he overcame them. He is a former SAMHA player and referee and currently assists with coaching minor hockey.

Dan Hemsworth, who SAMHA describes as one of Salmon Arm Minor Hockey’s strongest supporters, will be present to introduce Brien.

The presentation is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1:30 p.m. at the Salmar Grand, Theatre 1. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

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