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Lehner unveils new mask with post that advocates for mental health

Blackhawks goalie tweeted picture of helmet for 2019-20 season

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Robin Lehner is using his new mask to fight the stigma of mental illness.

The Chicago Blackhawks goalie unveiled his new helmet for the 2019-20 season with a Twitter post that advocates for mental health.

Tweet from @RobinLehner: #SameHere is an expression which means: I���ve faced challenges in life too. Those challenges have affected my mental health. It���s a sign that we hope will unite the world to once and for all, normalize how universal this topic is.

Lehner was open about his struggles with bipolar disorder and alcohol abuse before the last season, which he played with the New York Islanders. His mask last season was titled "My Reality," and detailed some of the demons he battled before getting sober.

Lehner's new mask features #SameHere, a nod at the SameHere Global Mental Health Movement that seeks to build a society where people can openly discuss their challenges. Lehner recently joined a group of more than 30 famous people and former athletes, including ex-NHL forward Theo Fleury, as part of their celebrity alliance.

Tweet from @AllALittleCrazy: Couldn���t be more honored to have one of the biggest advocates in all of pro sports, banning together in #SameHere🤙 Alliance on his profile. More surprises to come w @RobinLehner that we���re excited to share. Thx to those who proudly display your #SameHere🤙on your profiles. #5in5

"#SameHere is an expression which means I've faced challenges in life too," Lehner's post said. "Those challenges have affected my mental health. It's a sign that we hope will unite the world to once and for all normalize how universal this topic is."

He and Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss shared the Jennings Trophy for fewest goals during the regular season, and Lehner won the Masterton Trophy for the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey and was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy for best goalie.

Lehner signed a signed a one-year, $5 million contract with Chicago on July 1. 

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