Today, the Canucks announced the launch of their mental health initiative through the Canucks For Kids Fund in partnership with the BC Children’s Hospital, Fraser Health, and Provincial Health Services. Mind Check is a website designed to get people talking about mental illness as well as helping young people and their families that are dealing with mental health issues. The Canucks published a press release with more details about the website.
Kevin Bieksa gives a heartfelt pledge that is important to hear. You can buy the t-shirt he’s wearing through the Canucks stores with proceeds going to the Canucks For Kids Fund.
Mind Check also honours Rick Rypien’s memory. He fought so hard through his own depression and wanted to help others by telling his story. Sadly, he never got the chance but this is a wonderful legacy that will help others and the Canucks will be able to tell Rick’s story through the website. As one of the biggest fans of Rick Rypien around and as someone with loved ones that battle metal illness this is something near and dear to my heart. Often you’re told that being a Canucks fan must be hard. No Cups to cheer about and horrific playoff disappointment. But you know what? I couldn’t be prouder being a Canucks fan because of the incredible work they do day in and day out in the community. Haters to the left!