The Washington Capitals are partnering with MedStar Health to promote Hockey Talks, to raise awareness and help end the stigma around mental health.
The Hockey Talks mental health awareness initiative began in 2013, following the tragic passing of Canucks player Rick Rypien in 2011. Rick was a hockey hero, a son, a brother, a teammate, and a friend. Rick's wish was to support others and help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness by being a spokesperson for this issue. The Capitals are among 15 National Hockey League teams hosting Hockey Talks this season.
Each illness has its own symptoms, but common signs of mental illness in adults and adolescents can include the following:
Symptoms of substance use disorder may include:
Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness