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Let's talk about it

Madison Erhardt

An 18-year old Kelowna Chiefs player is turning heads off the ice. 

Myles Mittila was touched by mental health issues at a young age, and has become a spokesman for coming forward and speaking up. 

"At 13 years old, I had a close friend and teammate who was going through depression. We both didn't know what depression was, and that led me to pursue and get the help that he needed," said the teen. 

Mattila won B.C.'s highest hockey honour after he created MindRight, a website to help youth with mental health problems. 

"It is very challenging to open up and talk about the situation, however, the key word is to talk. Without talking, you can't get the proper help that you need," he said. 

The teen hopes to make it pro some day, but says he won't stop advocating for young athletes suffering from mental illness.

"It's always been a goal for myself to try and make it to the NHL, but I still want to carry the same initiative because I think it's truly important."



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