Jan 15 Hockey Talk about Mental Health


Jan 15, 2020 Hockeytalk with Myles Mattila 1st intermission at Vancouver Canucks game

Transcript from Radio Broadcast- Jan 15/2020

It is hockey talks here on Rogers arena tonight. And we have a very special guest joining us right here on SportsNet . Here with Myles Mattila, the founder of mindright for athletes, society and founder and director . Thanks for joining us. I know it’s a special day hockey talks and something this organization has taken very seriously because go back a few years, a lot of things that happened, but tell us a little bit about what inspired you to create MindRight For athletes?. I would have to say how I got involved with mental health. I would have to say,I had a close friend played on the same hockey team. He was going through a mental illness and at that time, at the age of 14, you didn’t really know what that was.

And I wanted to reach out to my family and, and the hockey coach. And, he didn’t get the proper support that he needed. And the coach actually kicked him off the hockey team, which is super unfortunate. I never wanted to see that. It really opened my eyes about what type of mental health resources that we need within athletes and especially within the hockey system. So I wanted to create mindright for athletes society to make sure that players are getting looked after and make sure that there’s resources out there, but they’re getting connected, proper support. Well, you’re right, because sometimes what happens is we see somebody act and behave a certain way. We don’t understand why and we don’t know why. It’s easy to cast that person aside and blame them. And it’s nice to see somebody like you’ve gone through that experience, take that to heart and try to help others out because it’s easy to just look at somebody and say, Oh, something’s wrong with that person, but there’s a reason why they’re feeling the way they are.

I totally agree. And I think, I think having the knowledge around mental health is really important and sometimes, some people might just think we have that education or those tools, but sometimes it’s not always the case. And for me with mindright, I’m trying to really educate young individuals with early intervention and trying to go into middle schools and high schools and try to start this conversation in hopes of there if they see themselves or a close family member or friend as they’re going through a hard time, they know where to go to to seek out additional support. I know you also been working on a documentary as well. Then how did that all come about and how much work has gone into that? I think with that just kind kinda piecing together with my life and I, because I started raising mental health awareness around the age of 14, 15 after I saw the article in the province about Kevin Biaxin req reppin I that really touched my heart closely.

I wanted, he really inspired me to kind of be a mental health advocate and to carry on Ripens legacy because for me, I skated with the Canucks at a young age and I’ve always been a huge fan of the Vancouver Canucks. So I think I’m just trying to do something on a smaller level at the grassroots to make sure that these players going through the minor hockey associations are getting looked after with Rick repin. It was so devastating to see what happened. Especially cause I remember, I mean I grew up a connects man myself. And especially early on when Rick Ripen came through, I mean this was the toughest guy, the guy small and everybody fighting Morrisville, Epic laughing in his face. You’re like this guy could anybody, he goes out to howl Gill and he feeds him. And then the most tragic thing happens and it’s not about physical toughness cause you can be as physically tough as you want.

The mind is so much more powerful than that. And when you see somebody like that go through what he had went through. I know that really hit a lot of people hard like yourself and like my myself and others that were Canuks fans throughout the year. That’s one thing. I really appreciate you that what Kevin B actually did for rec rep and you want to carry on his legacy and made sure that individuals know about what he was going through. Because I do believe from a few articles that I read that Ripen and wanted to share a story and really wanted to inspire others to reach out by that unfortunately never got the chance, but I really have to applaud Kevin Jackson carry on his legacy and making sure that his semesters that you’re trying to carry on wasn’t going to die or about making sure that it was going through.

One. You’ve been getting support from multiple levels of government as well. Had a chance to meet with the prime minister. I was really fortunate to go and fly out to Ottawa and meet, Justin Trudeau, and I think that was a really great experience. Um, I never really expected that. I kind of went out to Ottawa and everyone told me that was a super, he was really busy that day and possibly I won’t be able to meet him, but he did set aside 10 to 15 minutes to chat with myself on what I’m doing with hockey players and mental health and how we could really, carry on the system, making sure that people don’t fall through the cracks. And how can people get involved and follow you guys? I think, they could actually go on my website Mindright.info seek out. There’s lots of information regarding that, but I think there’s multiple ways on to kind of raise awareness around mental health.

And I do want to give a shout out to jack.org they’re also a great support network for mental health are based out of Toronto and I have really close ties with them. And also head check health, I have to say a is a great resource for mental health and concussions. A couple more moments with Myles Mattila from MindRight for Athletes society, founder and director. And you’ve still got the hockey dream going. I mean, I know you’re the captain of your team, junior B team in Kelowna. Yup, well for me, I wanted to keep on playing hockey and , still going to school. I right now I’m in my third year of Okanagan college of business. And for me I didn’t really want to choose one or the other to just give up hockey and go to school or vice versa. So I’m really fortunate that I found a hockey team that allows me to carry on my initiatives with mental health, play hockey and I get to go to school so I can’t complain with that. It’s a great setup. Myles Mattila Mindright for athletes, society and founder and director. Hey listen, thanks so much for your time. I know it’s Very important and every person you touch it means a lot to them, so I appreciate it very much. Thank you very much. Myles Mattila. Joining us here. Make sure to check out his stuff. MindRight For athletes, society founder and Director.