MindRight is driven by ambitious youth and a supportive hockey program. We strive to support the team as they pursue improved awareness and education in this area of their health. Read on to learn more about our team members, support partners, and their unique qualifications.
Dave has been involved in sports his entire life, both competing as an athlete as well as coaching at the world level. Playing competitively in hockey and fastball, his resume includes 3 world titles, 9 Canadian championships, and 13 provincial championships. Unfortunately, injuries halted his journey to his ultimate goal of playing in the NHL. But his passion and love for hockey and the constant yearning to be a part of a “team” lead him to coaching for over the past 21 years. Diagnosed in 2014 with severe depression, anxiety, and OCD, he has been championing the movement for society to understand the difficulties of people suffering from and dealing with mental illness. In February of 2015, Dave went public with his challenges in an article with the Globe and Mail. Since the article came out, he has helped many people who struggle on a day to day basis with illness as well as people that are in a supportive role.
The Prince George Youth Action Team was developed this past summer due to the need for youth to have a voice around mental health.The Youth Action Team is a group of young people age 15-25 working together to increase mental health literacy, and decrease mental health stigma. Parents also get involved, and participate alongside their children. The overarching, and long-term goal of the Youth Action Team is to establish local multi-sector partnerships for a sustainable infrastructure to support children, youth and families experience mental health and substance use challenges. The YAT is confidently moving forward knowing that the community is listening, and what young people and their caregivers say about mental health is important and worth responding to. The Youth Action Team is supported by the Prince George Local Action Team through the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative.
Jessie Sprague is the coordinator for MindRight. Jessie shares a personal interest in helping others that might be facing mental health challenges. We are happy to have Jessie’s support as we work to promote mental health education in our community.
With the main goal of early intervention, mindcheck.ca is designed to inform teens and young adults about changes in their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in order to help them identify any potential mental health challenges. Young people can use screening quizzes to see how they are feeling and connect to an appropriate source of support if needed. The website focuses on fast detection and effective prevention.
Myles Mattila, born in Quesnel, BC, is the spokesperson and project developer for MindRight. The grade 12 student was drafted to the Vancouver Giants in the WHL bantam draft, and he is currently attending two high schools in order to achieve his dreams. Myles read about the story of the late Vancouver Canuck player Rick Rypien, who lost his life to mental illness. Rick’s close friend, Kevin Bieska, continues to raise mental illness awareness and carries on Rick’s legacy via the website mindcheck.ca. Myles thought of his own friend who once struggled with mental health, and he decided to take initiative. His efforts aim to end the stigma surrounding mental illness and so that others can find help.
Myles has been recognized throughout the province of BC for his work on mental health awareness. He is the provincial youth representative for mindcheck.ca, and he also sits on the steering committee for the Prince George Local Action Team for Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use. Myles aspires to reach out to as many people as possible to ensure they know where to find resources and support.
Trevor Sprague is the General Manager of the Cariboo Cougars, the BC Major Midget hockey team that sponsors MindRight.
With such enthusiastic and compassionate individuals on our team, we are confident about helping the Cariboo Cougars learn about, prevent, and address mental health issues. We look forward to linking with other like minded individuals and organizations. Please contact MindRight to learn more about our program or volunteer opportunities.
Prince George, BC
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