Canucks Alumni Open Up About Men’s Mental Health

January 27, 2021. Article by: Government of B.C.

Mental health does not discriminate. Corey Hirsch and Kirk McLean, Vancouver Canucks Alumni, are having important conversations about men’s mental health.

 In our era when we grew up, if you had any problems happening in your own life…you were to kind of keep it to yourself and try and get through it. – Kirk McLean

Talking about tough subjects isn’t always easy. Many men feel pressure to act like they are fine even when they aren’t. Corey and Kirk believe this needs to change, and they are hopeful things are headed in that direction.

Video filmed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Being vulnerable is one of the most courageous things someone can do.

Corey speaks about his own path and how sharing his story not only began his healing but started to help others as well.

Showing vulnerability has helped me heal immensely, has helped thousands of others...the love and support that I received when I came out with my story was absolutely incredible. – Corey Hirsch

If you know someone who may need support, you can play an important role. It is okay to ask someone if they want to talk about what they are going through. You may be their first step to finding help – you could even save a life.

I get the question a lot from people ‘well what do I say when somebody comes to me?’ You don’t have to say anything, just listen…let the person talk to you and encourage help…there is help available. – Corey Hirsch

What to do if you need support

The first step for many people is talking to a friend or family member. If a mental health challenge is affecting your life – whether causing difficulties with family, friends, at work or school – you may want to speak with a healthcare professional.

To find help:

  • Call 8-1-1 for help finding services and to talk to a health services navigator or a registered nurse. You can call from anywhere in B.C. 24/7.
  • Find a Foundry centre near you. Foundry provides health and social services for young people aged 12-24. Online chat and texting are available.
  • Call 310Mental Health Support at 310-6789 (no area code needed), for emotional support and mental health information.
  • Visit HeadsUpGuys or HereToHelp for mental health information, articles and self-screening.
  • If you are in a crisis, call 1-800-SUICIDE at 1-800-784-2433 anytime of the day or night, or the KUU-US Crisis Line at 1-800-588-8717 for culturally safe crisis support for Indigeous people (available anywhere in B.C. 24/7). In an emergency, call 9-1-1, or go to a hospital emergency room.