The spotlight is on the Chatham Maroons doing their part for youth mental health. The team stars in a new video promoting the Be Safe app for mental health. It can be viewed here:

Be Safe was implemented within the Chatham-Kent region in May 2023 as an initiative of the Mental Health Table, a network of nonprofit and healthcare professionals. Funding for Be Safe in Chatham-Kent is provided by Women United, an affinity group of the United Way of Chatham-Kent.

“In the game of life, just like on the ice, teamwork and support are key”, says Cathy DeBresser-Knowler, Public Health Educator with CK Public Health, and Table facilitator. “That’s why we at the Mental Health Table have joined forces with the Chatham Maroons. A massive shoutout to them for their immediate commitment to our mental health initiative, showcasing exceptional dedication from both players and coaching staff. They exceeded our expectations, crafting a powerful commercial for the Be Safe app.”

Be Safe is a free mobile app that puts help in the hands of those who need it, when they need it. The tool enables a person in crisis to connect to local, up-to-date, mental health resources quickly and easily. People can also use Be Safe to develop an individualized safety plan, as well, it helps users understand what to expect if they call a crisis line or go to the hospital. It even lets someone who may be struggling know what their rights are when they reach out for support.

Kent Hamilton, Maroons Assistant Coach & Assistant Manager says the team is proud of this community initiative. “The Chatham Maroons have always taken pride in their community and love the fact that the community supports them. When we were approached by the Mental Health Table to help promote the Be Safe app, without delay we agreed to be part of this amazing opportunity. This app will be so beneficial, and we are truly appreciative that we are able to be part of something so valuable.”

The players are sharing snippets of the video over social media, using their personal handles to show that mental health is an issue that affects everyone. “With the Maroons, we’re not only achieving victories on the ice but also breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health”, says De Bresser-Knowler. “Be Safe isn’t just a tool; it’s a vital ally, providing essential support for the general youth population and even for these young athletes.  From managing academics and excelling in hockey to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, navigating normal teenage challenges, and facing stressors like living far from home with a billet family, Be Safe is there for it all.”.

Be Safe is available at no cost across Apple and Android devices and is easy to use. It can be downloaded at