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Mental Health Awareness Month

There are few platforms as powerful as those belonging to athletes. To that end, we have collected together the stories about mental health that players have written for TPT. In putting all this content in one place, our goal is to help reduce social stigma, drive awareness and inspire change. Here's to feeling a little less alone.

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"I'm Not Crazy"
"I'm Not Crazy"
Gerald McRath"I'm Not Crazy"

I was living in darkness. That’s the only way I can describe it. Pure darkness. Like nothing good could possibly happen in my life.


Lifelong Battle
Joe BarksdaleLifelong Battle

I wanted to die. I know it’s shocking to hear, but these are thoughts I’ve been living with for 20-something years.


Bleeding Out
Bleeding Out
Clint MalarchukBleeding Out

How I ended up as a 47 year-old man with a bullet in his head and bag full of prescription medications may go all the way back to my...


You Are Not Alone
You Are Not Alone
Corey HirschYou Are Not Alone

Honestly, I was prepared to never work in hockey again. When I went public with my story about struggling with obsessive...


Done in the Dark
Done in the Dark
Lamar OdomDone in the Dark

When I woke up in the hospital room in Nevada, I couldn’t move. I couldn’t talk. I was trapped inside my own body.


Goodbye, Chicago
Goodbye, Chicago
Scott DarlingGoodbye, Chicago

On July 1, 2011, I ended up in a room with tubes and wires hooked up all over my body. There was a little machine beeping that showed my...


Hell and Back
Hell and Back
Marc SavardHell and Back

There’s one thing that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. It’s not the head shot I took. I can barely remember that part. It’s not even...


Life and Death
Life and Death
Ben HeeneyLife and Death

As I was standing there on that highway, just feeling grateful and happy to be alive ... somewhere in the back of his mind, my best...


The Weight
The Weight
Mardy FishThe Weight

I am hours away from playing the match that you work for, that you sacrifice for, for an entire career. And I can’t do it. I literally...


My Inner Struggle
My Inner Struggle
Rich CluneMy Inner Struggle

The nurses at the clinic were laughing. That’s how bad it was. It was just a few weeks after I had played in my first NHL playoff series...


Gone
Gone
Daniel CarcilloGone

It was early Sunday afternoon, and I was taking off my shoes in our players’ lounge when I kept hearing my phone buzz. Someone was...