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WADE BELAK REMEMBERED

WADE BELAK’S SUDDEN PASSING LAST WEEK IS A WAKE UP CALL TO THE NHL JUDGING BY THE PRESS AROUND THE TRAGIC INCIDENT, BUT IT SHOULD BE MUCH MORE THAN THAT.
BELAK WAS A FORMER MAPLE LEAF ROLE PLAYER WHO ENDED UP IN NASHVILLE TO FINISH HIS CAREER AND SETTLED DOWN THERE WITH HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER. FROM ALL ACCOUNTS WADE BELAK WAS A CAREFREE, FUNNY MAN WHO LOVED HIS WIFE AND FAMILY. HE HAD HIS DREAM JOB. HE HAD MONEY AND A FUTURE IN BROADCASTING.
BELAK SUFFERED FROM DEPRESSION. DEPRESSION AFFECTS ALMOST ONE OUT OF TEN PEOPLE

IN NORTH AMERICA TO THE DEGREE IT NEEDS TO BE TREATED. UNTREATED OR UNDIAGNOSED DEPRESSION IS ESTIMATED AS A SIMILAR NUMBER, SO ALMOST 20% OF THOSE OVER AGE 18 IN NORTH AMERICA TODAY ARE SUFFERING FROM IT.
WITH ALMOST 1000 PLAYERS AND STAFF IN THE NHL, AND ALMOST DOUBLE THAT IN THE NHLPA…IT COULD BE ROUGHLY ESTIMATED THAT 400 PLAYERS, TEAM STAFF, AND FORMER NHL’RS POSSIBLE DEAL WITH DEPRESSION TO SOME DEGREE. TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT DEPRESSION IS MORE PREVELANT IN HIGHER STRESS PROFESSIONS, AND WHO KNOWS HOW HIGH THAT NUMBER COULD BE ?
IT’S NOT JUST THE NHL THAT NEEDS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF DEPRESSION, HOPEFULLY THE ATTENTION AND PRESS CAN BRING SOME ATTENTION TO THIS TERRIBLY DEBILITATING CONDITION.

Ed

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