The Sarnia Sting aim to help break the silence around mental health issues during the team’s Feb. 8 home game.
Do It For Daron is an initiative started by former NHLer Luke Richardson and his wife Stephanie after they lost their daughter Daron, 14, to suicide in November 2010.
Sting defenceman Jakob Chychrun, a cousin of Daron Richardson, and his family, were instrumental in a decision by Sting management to host the D.I.F.D. game, a concept adopted by the 67’s in Daron’s hometown of Ottawa.
“If you feel you are consistently sad or just can’t cope, please speak to someone you are close to: friend, sibling, teacher or coach” Chychrun, 16, says in a public service announcement produced by TVCOGECO in Sarnia.
“Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. We must continue the conversation,” he adds.
Game time Sunday is 4:05 pm.