Former NHL Goalie Tells All at Sudbury Event
On Thursday, October 6th 2016, former NHL goaltender and mental health advocate, Clint Malarchuk, delivered a heartfelt presentation in hopes of raising awareness about mental health and reducing the stigma. Clint provided the audience with a deep look of the ups and downs of his professional hockey career and the horrific and traumatizing incidents that occurred throughout his life.
“We are proud to support this event as an extension of the care provided at Health Sciences North through the Mental Health and Addiction Programs,” said Mary Lou Hussak, Executive Director, Health Sciences North Foundation. “We would like to thank Clint Malarchuk for taking the time to share his story and for helping many individuals affected by mental health issues.”
Motivational speaker, Clint Malarchuk, spoke to the audience about coping with mental health issues, which includes struggling with alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder, and overcoming a suicide attempt with a gunshot to the head. He now travels the world to speak about his life and to make a difference by helping those who also suffer from mental health issues.
Clint spoke to a full house at the Steelworkers Hall. “Try to make people around you better,” said Clint Malarchuk. “When someone makes a mistake, they know it. Compliment them instead. Being of service is everything to me.”
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to Health Sciences North Foundation for sponsoring tonight’s event,” said Dr. Rayudu Koka, Medical Director, Mental Health and Addictions, HSN. “Their ongoing support of Mental Health and Addictions Programs has had a positive impact on our community and continues to provide thousands of Northern Ontarians with much needed support. I would particularly like to thank Clint Malarchuk, whose support has helped us increase awareness about mental health and addictions within our community. As we continue to share our stories and experiences, we will be successful in our efforts to reduce the stigma related to mental illness and ultimately improve mental health and wellness.”
Many gathered to purchase Clint’s powerful book, The Crazy Game: How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond, which he gladly signed after the event had concluded. The honest and brave memoir written by Clint himself, allows readers to have a visual of Clint’s mind and have a look inside the realities of mental health issues.