Olympic gold medal-winning hockey player Helen Richardson-Walsh first felt that something was wrong in 2008, and the team doctor suggested she might have depression. “In that moment, where I was mentally and emotionally, it was a relief to learn I could take control.” A long spell away from the game through injury led to a huge relapse in 2014. “Hockey was my life. So when I couldn’t play, I struggled to process that.” She was able to get help through the team and credits medication, therapy, and mindfulness practice for her recovery. “Thoughts come into my head, grip me, and take me places I don’t want to go. The mindfulness allows me to see the thoughts or feelings and name them – and then let them go.”

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