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True North Rolls Out ‘Project 11’ Program in Manitoba Schools

February 26, 2015 1:33 PM | News

Project 11A new initiative from the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation has launched in 11 schools across the province, focusing on mental health programs for students.

Project 11 is available to 43 different Grade 5 and 6 classrooms, meant to engage in prevention programming aimed at supporting students and teachers on mental health wellness and bringing positive coping skills into their lives.

The program’s 15 pilot lessons include 60 daily activities using concepts focused on the mind, increasing self-awareness of feelings and strengths, and building positive relationships.

The program’s idea originated in memory of former player Rick Rypien, who suffered from mental health issues and tragically lost his life as a result.

The Winnipeg Jets are hosting a Hockey Talks night tonight as they welcome the St. Louis Blues to MTS Centre. The night is an opportunity to encourage a conversation about mental health. Fans can get involved by downloading a sign from WinnipegJets.com/hockeytalks or posting a picture to social with the #HockeyTalks hashtag.