Talk Today podcast

Talk Today podcast

The Talk Today podcast aims to spread mental health awareness in sports through conversations with athletes and others in the sports community who are passionate about mental health. Talk Today is one of the most comprehensive mental health programs for amateur sports in Canada. Launched by Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario in partnership with the Ontario Hockey League in 2014, Talk Today promotes the mental health of young athletes and spreads awareness of mental health throughout communities nationwide. Learn more at


October 20, 2023 42 mins

In this episode of the Talk Today podcast, hosts Alex Salomie and Justin Dickie chat with former professional lacrosse player and author, Delby Powless.

Delby was recently inducted into the North American Indigenous Athletics Hall of Fame, was the 2003 Tom Longboat Award winner as Canada's top Indigenous athlete, and spent six seasons in the National Lacrosse League with the Buffalo Bandits, winning the championship in 2008...

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In this episode of the Talk Today podcast, hosts Alex Salomie and Justin Dickie chat with Ontario Hockey League (OHL) commissioner David Branch.

OHL commissioner since 1979, David was instrumental in the inception of the Talk Today program in the OHL in 2014, and as the president of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) from 1996-2016, stewarded the expansion of Talk Today across the CHL into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and W...

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September 21, 2023 11 mins

In the second episode of the Talk Today podcast, hosts Alex Salomie and Justin Dickie chat with Winnipeg Jets prospect Danny Zhilkin. Danny participated in the Talk Today program in the Ontario Hockey League, where he played with the Kitchener Rangers and Guelph Storm, and launched his own non-profit mental health initiative, Zhilkin's Vision, which focuses on de-stigmatization and prioritization of mental health in sport. Dann...

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September 7, 2023 24 mins

In the inaugural episode of the Talk Today podcast, hosts Alex Salomie and Justin Dickie chat with Edmonton Oilers prospect Jake Chiasson. Jake was one of four Brandon Wheat Kings players who intervened with a person struggling with thoughts of suicide in Brandon, Man. in December 2022. Jake shares his perspective on how the situation transpired, the impact to his team and the local community that followed, and shares messages abou...

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