Kurtis Gabriel, his fight with mental health, and why talking about it matters

Mental Health matters. Always.
It helps people get out of bed in the morning. More importantly, though, it helps people survive.
At some point in your life, you’ve had your battle with mental health. When you lose someone close to you, it can change everything. If you get bullied throughout school, it sometimes sticks with you for an incredibly long time. Whether it’s family or personal struggles, it’s impacted you in some way, shape or form.
In the game of hockey, it’s not spoken about enough.
We’re starting to see a shift in that, though. With players like Jonathan Drouin and Carey Price leaving the game of hockey to focus on themselves, it brings a new outlook. And with teammates, like Josh Anderson, who praise them for doing what’s right for them. It’s incredibly uplifting, and it looks like there’s change.
But at what rate?
It was the final practice before the Marlies left for their first road trip of the season. The bus was waiting outside Coca-Cola Coliseum, but Kurtis Gabriel still gave his time to speak with me about his life.
The 28-year-old’s story is powerful.
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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

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