Former NHL right wing and bruising enforcer, Todd Ewen, died this past Saturday from what police are reporting as a suicide.
Todd Ewen Battled Depression
According to Amanda Singroy, reporter/anchor for CTV News, Ewen died from a gunshot wound to the head. Police stated that it was self-inflicted. Ewen’s family later stated that the 49-year old had battled depression for years.
The Blues Alumni Association, which was Ewen’s first NHL team. Released the following statement this past Sunday about his untimely death:
“We respectfully send our most heartfelt condolences to Todd’s family, friends, teammates and the players he coached. And ask for privacy as we all grieve during this difficult time.”
Besides the Blues, Ewen also played for the Montreal Canadians, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. And San Jose Sharks from 1986-1997. Knee surgery would eventually end his career and force him into retirement.
Other NHL enforcers who have also passed away from similar situations include, Rick Rypien (27), Derek Boogaard (28), Wade Belak (35), and Steve Montador (35). This now brings up another topic: why aren’t there more mental health options. Things like counseling, given to enforcers after they retire? It would seem logical since so many of them seemed to have suffered from the effects of repeated head trauma.
Mental health disorders, alcoholism, and drug addiction do not seem to be that uncommon when it comes to those who have or have had careers in aggressive sports. It would appear that Todd Ewen was not alone in his battle against depression, but maybe with better mental health care and the proper support, he would still be with us.
And if it is not treated, can ultimately end in alcoholism, drug addiction, or death. Most people who are unfamiliar with depression believe it can go away if the person tried hard enough to be happy. But more needs to be done in order for a person to overcome depression.
Although it’s a serious illness, it’s not un-treatable and a person can recover.
In conclusion, if you or someone you know needs help with depression and drug addiction or alcoholism. Please contact The Watershed today. We can help free you from the grip of this deadly disease.
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