HALIFAX —; Sixteen teams, featuring some elite basketball players from around the Maritimes, are coming together this weekend for the Alex McLaughlin Memorial Basketball Tournament.
The goal is to expand the conversation about mental well-being among athletes.
“The athletic community in general there’s still a lot of stigma and that you’re dealing with issues in general. Athletes are taught that you need to be strong and above all else, you need to battle through all of your issues,” says Peter McLaughlin.
The tournament is in memory of Alex McLaughlin. The 23-year-old was a student and basketball star at Acadia University, when he took his own life last spring.
The tournament is in memory of Alex McLaughlin, who took his own life in April 2014. 广州桑拿网 photo
The tournament is in memory of Alex McLaughlin, who took his own life in April 2014.
“He was suffering from some depression himself and he thought that was the only way out and it was particularly difficult for us because we didn’t know he was suffering from any issues at all,” McLaughlin says of his brother.
This is the second year for the tournament. Last year, the event raised 18-thousand dollars.
This year, funds will go support to the student athlete mental health initiative (SAMHI) and provide more education.
“Student athletes are often forgotten in the mental health conversation. It’s great that we’re starting to talk about mental health and it’s starting to become to speak about it socially,” says Krista Van Slingerland, with The Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative.
The McLaughlin family is hoping by hosting the tournament they can help spare other families the pain of losing a loved one to suicide.
“Everybody was very surprised that that happened to our family and instead of sitting back and hiding from it and pretending like what happened didn’t happen, we thought that we were going to try and make a difference and try and make sure that other people knew they could go and ask for help in these types of situations”
The tournament continues tomorrow at Saint Mary’s University.