Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieska is no stranger to mental illness. His best friend and former teammate Rick Rypien ended his life in 2011 as a result of his battle against depression and mental illness. In the aftermath of Rypien’s death, Bieksa created MindCheck.ca, a website for families to educate themselves on the seriousness of mental illness and help those in dire need.
On multiple occasions Bieksa has shared anecdotes of individuals who have reached out to him with their own personal story of mental illness. But yesterday on social media, Bieksa decided to share one such story:
Touching stuff. Good on you, KB for sticking with your principles and being there for people who need MindCheck.ca as a resource.