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Theo Fleury SpeakerFormer NHL star and author of best-selling autobiography “Playing with Fire,” Theo Fleury spoke at the Mohawk College Mental Health Expo on Wednesday, April 3.

Fleury spent the majority of his career with the Calgary Flames, and struggled with substance abuse throughout his time in the league, retiring in 2009. The former right winger used drugs and alcohol to cope with scars from sexual abuse. His former junior league hockey coach, Graham James, was convicted of the abuse and sent to prison in 2012. He told a crowd of more than a hundred about his experience with attempted suicide.

He remarked, “My whole life I struggled with anxiety and depression. There is a stigma around mental health for some reason — that if we admit we have a problem, we are weak. But my experience has been it takes an incredible amount of integrity and self-love to talk about your problems,” adding, “If you are struggling, it’s OK to reach out. I had a gun in my mouth because I was too stubborn to ask for help.”

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Watch this video featuring Theo Fleury in the documentary “Playing with Fire”:

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