Wow, I'm shocked. I had spoken to Rick during the playoffs year. He seem liked a guy who had turned his life around and was brimming with potential as a person and a hockey player. I'm incredibly saddened by the new and hope for nothing but the best for his family.
Depression is a deadly disease. They need to start taking it seriously. If that is indeed the reason, maybe his death could start a movement? We could only hope.
To make matters worse, more and more concussions are being linked to serious mental illnesses, including severe depression. For anyone interested this is a very insightful article from McLeans magazine, including a very open discussion with Eric Lindros:
Having several close family members who have struggled with depression, including a cousin who took her life because of it, I couldn't agree with you more.
It's unbelievable how much ignorance there is about depression, and mental illness in general.
I suffer from anxiety and depression, and went without treatment in the past because of the outrageous costs and lack of insurance coverage. I also did not recieve treatment for the first 20 years of my life because my parents always thought those type of things were "just in my head". The taboo of mental illness is much better than it was, but is still a huge problem. I am completely comfortable talking about my situation, but others are not. Other will not seek treatment, and just suffer through life. It is sad really.
“We are deeply saddened to confirm Rick’s passing. As many people are aware, he had strong ties to True North Sports & Entertainment, the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, the former Manitoba Moose Hockey Club and the Vancouver Canucks. We would like to express our sincere sympathies to the Rypien family as well as Rick’s friends. We also appreciate all of the support that has come pouring in from Rick’s fans. Rick was a talented player with an extremely bright future. His hunger for the game made him a valued team member both on and off the ice. This loss has impacted us as more than just a hockey team.”
It's crazy how a NHL player or any pro-athlete can take their own life. You're living the dream of millions of people.
I'm sure that things are not as simple as they seem. As a pro athlete you are under the a different type of scope. Not sure about everyone else, but I prioritize being happy and in good health over money and fame.