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Here on New Day Northwest, we're proud to spotlight people working to break the stigma of mental illness and help those who are struggling to get the help and support they need to work through their challenges. The Everett Silvertips and The Everett Clinic for Behavioral Health teamed up to launch a program called Love to Cheer, aimed at starting conversations about mental health issues, as well as offer free game tickets as a respite from everyday challenges.

Former Silvertips Captain and current Assistant Coach Mitch Love created the concept behind Love to Cheer last year, after learning that good friend and longtime season ticket holder John Dickey had taken his own life. Mitch and James Dauer, a mental health counselor at The Everett Clinic for Behavioral Health, joined Margaret to talk more about the Love to Cheer campaign and what it entails.

NOTE:IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS STRUGGLING, CALL THE NATIONAL CRISIS HELPLINE: 800-273-TALK. Please know you are not alone.

Read more about the Love to Cheer program here.

Learn more about The Everett Clinic for Behavioral Health and the ways they can help, please call them:

425-339-5453 for the following locations: Founders Building, Marina Village, Marysville, Mill Creek, Stanwood and Lake Stevens Clinic (opens December 30, 2013)

360-454-1953 for the Smokey Point location

Connect with The Everett Clinic on Facebook and Twitter: @EverettClinic

Connect with the Everett Silvertips on Facebook and Twitter:@WHLSilvertips

The Silvertips head out on a four-game road trip, but will return to host the Vancouver Giants on Saturday, December 14 at Comcast Arena in Everett. The game starts at 7:05. Click here for game and ticket info.

(Note: Photos of Mitch Love as a player are courtesy Frank Deines III& the Everett Silvertips. Photos of Mitch Love as a coach are courtesy Christopher Mast Images & the Everett Silvertips)

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