As a psychologist, mental health advocate and survivor of my brother's suicide, I see the issues of suicide prevention from many perspectives. As an author and professional speaker I look for new ways to think about how we understand suicide and resilience.
Friday, December 23, 2016
NHL Goalie Talks about Surviving a Suicide Attempt and Becoming a Mental Health Advocate
Malarchuk, otherwise known as the “Cowboy Goalie” is a retired NHL
goalie who played for the Quebec Nordiques, the Washington Capitals, and the
Buffalo Sabres between 1981 and 1992. On March 22, 1989, Clint survived a
life-threatening injury during a NHL game when a Saint Louis Blues player's
skate blade sliced his jugular vein.
March 22, 1989
October 7, 2008, Clint survived a suicide attempt after decades of living with
PTSD, Obsessive compulsive disorder, addiction and depression. In 2014 he published
a memoir, “A Matter of Inches: How I Survivedin the Crease and Beyond.” Currently, he and his wife Joanie are relentless in their effort
to help promote hope and healing to the millions of people living with mental
health conditions and suicidal thoughts.
encourages all Coloradoans to attend the Avalanche Hockey Team’s Mental Health
Awareness night on January 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM. To purchase tickets ($5 of each
ticket will benefit the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado): http://suicidepreventioncolorado.org/event-2370111
suicide attempt survivor I’ve meet is grateful that they are alive - me
I hear of a death by suicide, I can’t help but cringe and think, “Had they survived
and received help, they, like me and others might be healthy happy and
also meet people who are still suffering. I know how they feel. They say they
wish they would just die. I have heard them say, “But I don't have the courage
to do it.”
people think suicide is cowardly. So what was I? Cowardly or courageous? The
answer is I was suffering with depression, obsessive compulsion disorder, anxiety,
PTSD, with extreme paranoia. Simply, I was not healthy. I literally thought I
was not in control of my mind. After my suicide attempt, I spent months in
rehab and learned how to manage my mental health conditions. Today I am here
living a full life and advocating for others to do the same.
years we have had several suicides, suspected suicides and overdoses by former
NHL players like Tom Cavanagh, Todd Ewen, Rick Rypien, Wade Belak, and Derek
Boogaard. It has been debated that concussions may attribute to depression and
anxiety; however, many of these players where enforcers.
average, someone attempts suicide every 40 seconds in the US. These are not cowardly
or weak people they are in unimaginable pain. Their pain is as real as any