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Belak's mother says he battled depression

Posted on: September 2, 2011 1:47 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2011 4:29 pm
 
By: Adam Gretz

The sudden death of Wade Belak rocked the hockey world this week and left everybody with more questions than answers.

On Friday, his mother, Lorraine Belak, spoke to CBC news and confirmed to them that her son had suffered from depression -- which had been reported earlier in the day by the Toronto Star, citing two sources that wished to remain anonymous -- though it remains unclear as to what sort of treatment he was receiving.

From CBC:
Lorraine Belak confirmed a Toronto Star report that her son had suffered from depression, but it is not clear what help he sought or how recently it was an issue.

"I think he was taking control of that," she said, admitting that they didn't talk about the subject a lot.

Toronto police are treating the death as a suicide, sources have confirmed to CBC.

It's just another example as to how complex an issue depression is, and that no matter what a person looks like on the outside it doesn't mean there isn't a deeper issue that troubles them below the surface. Belak, by all accounts, was a pleasure to be around as a person and a teammate, always smiling and one of the NHL's most quotable players and best interviews.

Belak is the third NHL player to pass away this offseason, along with Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien. All three players shared the same role on the ice which has sent the discussion in the direction of what -- if any -- their role as fighters had on their off-ice problems.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:12 pm
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Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 8:23 am
 

You need Don Cherry to shut up !

These guys aren`t rocket scientists,and their guru in the NHL is an ignorant bigot named Don Cherry.And the Canadian government PAYS this bigot to go on tv,on the state funded socialist television station,CBC,to spew his vile ignorance.And Cherry will go on state tv and belittle and humiliate athletes who don`t participate in concussion causing, bare knuckle fist fighting.For a variety of reasons.First and foremost,he`s a bigot.Should you be unfortunate enough to be a highly skilled player from Europe,he automatically paints you,publicly,as "chicken".Once he has that out of the road,he then feels free to MAYBE compliment your skills in the sport you`re playing.But not before he firmly establishes the fact that you`re a Euopean "chicken".Second,he`s a WASP.Even Canadians from Quebec are not free or safe from his bigoted tirades.Mind you,there`s acouple of French Canadians he`s VERY careful of how he talks about them.George Larouque comes to mind.They`d kick Cherry`s cowardly,bigoted ass.I once talked with an old NHL friend of mine who played at the same time Cherry was playing in the AHL.He said Cherry was a pussy.Talk about people that live in glass houses.Cherry`s been lying for so long,he believes his own lies now.And sadly,many NHL players listen to him too



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Belak's mother says he battled depression

It needs all the sports governing bodies to come together and actually form a confidential body for all sports people to go to not if and when but out of necessity to be seen at least once every 6 months to combat and help alleviate the rise in depression

Since you personally have suffered through depression and know others, I have a question for you.  Would forcing players to visit with and speak to people really make a difference if the person with depression is going to hide his feelings and not tell them anything?  I only ask that question because as i mentioned before a couple people very close to me suffered from depression and nobody had any clue for the longest time. 



Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 1:39 am
 

Belak's mother says he battled depression

It needs all the sports governing bodies to come together and actually form a confidential body for all sports people to go to not if and when but out of necessity to be seen at least once every 6 months to combat and help alleviate the rise in depression



Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: September 3, 2011 8:54 pm
 

Belak's mother says he battled depression

HAving suffered depression and also seeing others around me suffer likewise I can empathise with the people closest too them struggle to help. So called superstars are only human like us and have troubles like we 'non sports superstars' do. Its time NHL authorities did something along about the nature of helping players and former stars suffering in silence. Its ashame its taken these three tragic and preventable deaths to highlight the fact that it doesn't matter how much money you have or how famous you are, depression and illness in general affect everyone. RIP Belak



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2011 3:42 pm
 

Belak's mother says he battled depression

I am a little troubled by this. Three players of similar role dying in the same year. Sometimes its hard for a fan to remember that these guys are people to.

Being close to a couple people that have suffered from depression I can tell you this much for sure.  If a person has a problem with depression all the fame and money in the world don't help the slightest bit.   It's a terrible disease and what makes it worse is the person is able to hide his or her depression so easily it's not funny.  Your average person could never figure it out and most of the time family members can't even come close to spotting it.  And even if they know about it's so easy to hide for a few hours here or a conversation there the person could be on the verge of taking his life and nobody can do a darn thing about it. 

I don't have the slightest clue what the solution is..... we all have our own ideas but it's not as easy as some people think. The NHL can put a million effective programs in place but if a retired hockey player's depression reaches its peak and he doesn't do anything about it or reach out for help, all the programs the NHL puts in are useless.

It's a very sad situation and I hope there is something out there I'm not thinking of that saves some lives.... 



Since: Dec 31, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2011 5:36 pm
 

Belak's mother says he battled depression

I am a little troubled by this. Three players of similar role dying in the same year. Sometimes its hard for a fan to remember that these guys are people to.


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