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Article : Hockey world steps up mental health support. But is it enough?

le 23 février 2015

[The Globe and Mail] For three months it was all Dave Hunchak could do just to get out of bed. Physically, he was fine; mentally, he was being dragged under by doubt and despair. Better to stay home, he reasoned, than to show his face in public and feel ashamed.

“I was embarrassed. I didn’t want to be with my friends,” he says. “I was in a dark place, a scary place.”

When Hunchak left the Western Hockey League Blazers in early January, 2014, team officials announced a leave of absence. It ended up being a parting of the ways. Thirteen months later, Hunchak is willing to talk about what happened, where he is now and what he wants most – a return to coaching and a program that provides a better understanding of mental-health issues in hockey. As more players open up about their struggles with mental illness and brain injury, and as some take their own lives, a patchwork of initiatives is emerging, the most significant being a suicide prevention plan in Ontario and the NHL and NHLPA’s substance abuse and behavioural issues program. But anyone touched by the issue says that’s not enough.

Source The Globe and Mail