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The Subject People Don't Like Talking About







Originally this was going to a salary piece for the New York Ranger’s off-season moves but I read a posting over at “Taking Note” a mostly junior hockey blog written by a guy who has been covering the sport for over 37 years. Gregg Drinnan has been in his own way a mentor to me and when he gets on what some people would consider a soapbox, I always listen because I do learn from Gregg.

In his Sunday post Gregg tackles a subject that most people don’t want to really talk about very much. The subject is mental health and most times when you say those words that people run away not wanting to talk about it. Odds are several of you are going to click yourself away from this because you don’t believe it has anything to do with hockey and you would be wrong.

There are studies that are linking depression with concussions along with several other injuries including nerve damage in the neck and spinal cords. So if I still have your attention then I can tell you that odds are very good that you know somebody who has some sort of mental illness as the numbers of people suffering from something are staggering.

In fact you are reading the words of someone who suffers from depression as well as a general anxiety disorder. How did I wind up with these not so wonderful experiences you ask?

I wish I could pinpoint it but I do realize that once I started having issues with my neck that the symptoms became more and more noticeable. Trust me when I tell you how much all of this really sucks as nobody asks to be depressed but since 2007 when I had my first neck operation, I have had to deal with things I never thought I would.

It is 2:50 AM when I write this after promising myself that I would be going to bed by 3 instead of what is becoming a habit of going to be at 5AM. Depression robs you of self-confidence and the ability to make what should be basic everyday normal decisions.

With depression you find yourself saying that you will get up, take a shower and go do some errand but that doesn’t happen very often as you find excuses not to do things. When you do that then later on you get to beat yourself up over why you didn’t do what you promised yourself that you would do.

And yes I am seeing a counselor but fixing what has gone wrong won’t happen overnight. But I strongly urge you to take the time to read what Drinnan wrote and click on the various links because this goes way beyond hockey.

Terry Trafford took his own life after he was sent home by the Saginaw Spirit, Rich Clune who plays for the Nashville Predators has battled depression over the years as have Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears of the NFL.

But if you are reading this and think that you too might be suffering from some sort of mental health issue then please reach out to someone whether they be loved ones, teachers or open the phone book and look for community outreach programs.

There is help out there so take advantage of it as the live you save just might be your own. I promise back to hockey tomorrow.

Posted by Jess Rubenstein | June 23, 2014 at 03:10 am
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New York Rangers VS Los Angeles Kings
Friday, June 13, 2014

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