Mental Health Awareness Night seeks to de-stigmatize mental health issues

MOUNT FOREST – Mental health advocate and former Team Canada Hockey player Kendra Fisher will be guest speaker at an upcoming event here aimed at de-stigmatizing mental health issues in today’s society.

The free event is being held in the Mount Forest and District Sportsplex community hall on Feb. 24 at 6:30pm.

Fisher is a hockey player, wife, mother and a firefighter who grew up in Kincardine.

With support from her family and town, Fisher quickly achieved great successes in her hockey career.

But just as she was about to realize her dream of goaltending for Team Canada, she was diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder, panic attacks, agoraphobia and depression, forcing her to leave the program, seek help and to learn how to live with what had become a crippling disease.

Fisher is now sharing her personal journey and joining the efforts to bring mental health issues to the forefront.

It is Fisher’s hope that her story will offer both hope and promise to others dealing with mental health issues and provide another platform for discussions aimed at de-stigmatizing mental health in today’s society.