Yesterday was Bell Let’s Talks day, and there’s no more appropriate story to revisit than New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner’s.
Bell Let’s Talk Day is when Canada attempts to end the stigma against Mental Health while also raising money to help fight the cause. Bell, a Canadian company based in Montreal donates five cents for every tweet with #BellLetsTalk attached to it. The New York Islanders, of course, were in on the campaign with the rest of the NHL.
Now seems like an appropriate time to bring back up Robin Lehner’s story from The Athletic. Before the season started, Lehner opened up to the online publication in an article written by himself.
Lehner struggled with depression, anxiety, and addiction. This article, while surely very difficult to write garnered him a ton of support. It’s important for athletes to speak out on their mental health issues so that others who are struggling with similar problems can feel the support they deserve.
While Robin is no different than anyone else, he has a much larger platform to use than the average person. Lehner did just that and with his tweets that he shared last night.
Please reach out and ask for help if you need it. Not just on Bell Let’s Talk Day but every day mental health is important to talk about. Take it from someone who has their own struggles, it gets so much easier after you ask for that help. It’s perfectly okay, to not be okay.
Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
Depression Hotline: 1-888-640-5174
Self Harm Hotline: 1-877-455-0628
Mental Health Hotline: 866-677-5924
Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860 or (877) 330-6366
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