Belak suffered from depression, sources say

NHL enforcer was on meds to curb mental illness


Two anonymous sources who knew former NHL enforcer Wade Belak say the 35-year-old hockey retiree had suffered from depression. They also say that though he was on medication to curb his mental illness, the hockey star was “loath to speak about it.” Belak committed suicide in a Toronto condominium on August 31. He was the third NHL enforcer to die this season. Derek Boogaard overdosed on drugs on May 13, and former Canucks’ enforcer Rick Rypien also committed suicide on August 15.

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Belak suffered from depression, sources say

  1. How very sad.  At what point will psychiatric illnesses lose the stigma so people will feel okay about reaching out for help when they feel desperate?  These are biological illnesses, yet they are looked at as “weaknesses.” 

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