For many people, hearing of the death of Rick Rypien was shocking. Shocking in a way because no one knew how serious his life had changed. It slipped right past everyone and shook the hockey world in a summer that saw us lose many of the NHL’s best enforcers.
In honor of Rick, The Vancouver Canucks For Kids Fund has partnered up with Fraser Health, Provincial Health Services Authority, and BC Children’s Hospital to relaunch a website called Mindcheck. This website is to help or assist people who are struggling with mental illnesses and to help people gain a better understanding of what people are going through who have a mental illness. You are able to read a personal account by Vancouver’s own Kevin Bieksa, who as we all know was Rypien’s closest friend on the team.
The NHL had to lose too many players over the summer for people to finally try and take action. With the help of this website, players, staff, coaches will be able to try and look for signs of mental illness and should be able to help save the lives of everyone who is struggling with their problems.
Everyday fans, family, and teams are reminded of the players they lost and are doing their best to honor the lives of fallen comrades. All we can do is remember the good memories, the goals, and the laughs that they had while in the best place in their lives. Having lost Bourdon, Rypien, Williams, and Demitra, the Vancouver Canucks have persevered under rough conditioned and are doing the best the can to make a name for the players they have lost. With every new day, the memories never fade and with the help of everyone this problem will no longer go without notice.
If you or someone is struggling with a mental illness please do not let it take over. You are loved by many and you are able to get through your life. The good does disappear but so will the bad, always remember that.